Guy Maddin on Federico Fellini
Live Via Video Conference
Due to a travel advisory, Guy Maddin will join us via video conference.
Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, perhaps best known for his autobiographical mockumentary My Winnipeg (2007), is one of cinema’s leading creative talents. A devoted cinephile, he has long embraced an aesthetic that mines and reinterprets historical styles and genre conventions, from Soviet Modernism and German Expressionism to melodrama and the dance film. In celebration of Federico Fellini’s centenary, BAMPFA has commissioned Maddin and his collaborators Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson to create a new short film. Maddin joins us via video conference to present the world premiere of the resulting work, The Rabbit Hunters, along with Fellini’s documentary fantasia Fellini: A Director’s Notebook. An articulate, insightful, and entertaining speaker, Maddin will share his perspective on Fellini’s aesthetic and offer insights into his own.
Films in this Screening
The Rabbit Hunters
Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada, 2020
Collaboratively written and directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson, who co-create films under the banner of the directorial partnership Development Ltd., The Rabbit Hunters is equal parts Felliniesque and Maddinesque. It stars the wonderful Isabella Rossellini, with whom Maddin has previously partnered on The Saddest Music in the World and the short My Dad Is 100 Years Old.
Fellini: A Director’s Notebook
Federico Fellini, Italy, 1969
Shot during the making of Satyricon, this hour-long “visual notebook” was created by Fellini for NBC as a way to introduce his themes and obsessions to a wider audience. The great director visits the outdoor ruins of a set for an incomplete film, where suspiciously photogenic hippies now reside (“with an orchestra of grasshoppers”); looks in on the Colosseum and its “night wanderers”; and rides on the Roman subway. Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni weigh in on his work as well. Less documentary than self-reflective fantasia, A Director’s Notebook is as colorfully unique as any of Fellini’s fictions.