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Today’s screening: Guy Maddin Double Bill – Careful + The Saddest Music in the World

March 10, 2010

Electric Sheep Film Club: Careful (1992) + The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

We celebrate the genius of Guy Maddin, who over the last two decades has developed an entirely personal and always enchanting world, poetic, macabre and playful in equal measures.

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A delirious silent-style homage to the German mountain films of the 1920s, Careful takes place in a village whose inhabitants must talk in whispers for fear of triggering an avalanche. In such a repressed environment, forbidden passions and incestuous desires dangerously come close to boiling point. This is a very rare occasion to not only see Maddin’s feverish mountain extravaganza on the big screen but in Britain at all, as the film is yet to be released on DVD in this country…

In The Saddest Music in the World, a musical set in Winnipeg with a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the day), Isabella Rossellini’s crippled baroness holds a contest to find the saddest music performer on earth. Eccentric musical interludes alternate with a convoluted story of complicated love triangles, familial rivalries and buried past traumas, the outlandish melodrama shot through with exquisitely strange details (glass legs filled with beer!) and deadpan humour.

Hilarious, dreamlike and full of wonders, these are films like no others. Watch and be amazed!

Price: single film – £6.50/£4.00 Prince Charles members
Double bill: £11/£7 PCC members
Certificate 15
Dir: Guy Maddin, Canada 1992 / 2003

Wednesday 10th March, 6pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
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Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Careful or The Saddest Music in the World and send it to ladyvengeance [at], marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. We are delighted to announce that Greg Klymkiv, the producer of Careful, will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 25 March. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in April. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club.

Links: Reviews of Careful and The Saddest Music in the World in Electric Sheep Magazine
Video / podcast of Alex Fitch’s interview with Guy Maddin
Alex’s reviews of Maddin’s Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary and My Winnipeg

In association with avoids industry chit-chat and cheap abuse. The writing is confident and well-informed and the scope encompasses everywhere from Spain to South Korea. It writes about film for people who like film: a classic approach.
New Statesman 01/03/10


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