The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin

Yves Montmayeur

Guy Maddin creates artificial worlds reminiscent of films from a distant past. Full of dream logic, spirits and perversions - but always humour. In this documentary with beautiful clips, he talks about his work and sources of inspiration, including actress Isabella Rossellini and director Fritz Lang.

This informative documentary provides a glimpse of the wondrous oeuvre of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, often delirious pastiches of silent films. Well-chosen clips from Maddin’s work and that of his filmmaker heroes, including Fritz Lang, Méliès and Buñuel, illustrate his recurring preoccupations. He is inspired by silent cinema, especially from Europe, has a predilection for dark fairytales and the supernatural, and prefers to mix stylised melodrama with irony and humour. Something can be absurdist, surreal or mysterious, as long as there is an emotional logic in it. The man himself, who loves bathing in melancholy, says he is striving for ‘psychic realism’. He compares his non-narrative films with music: something touches you without your knowing exactly how that happens.
Yves Montmayeur also speaks to several of his like-minded sources of inspiration, such as Kenneth Anger, the Quay Brothers, John Waters, Isabella Rossellini and Udo Kier.

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Filmmaker
Yves Montmayeur
Country
France
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
65
Language
English
Producer
Thierry Tripod
Production Company
Brainworks
Sales
Taskovski Films Ltd.
Writer
Yves Montmayeur
Cinematography
Yves Montmayeur
Editor
Fabien Bouillaud
Production Design
Laurent Seince
Sound Design
Stéphane Lévy
Music
Manorexia
Cast
Isabella Rossellini, Kenneth Anger, Guy Maddin, John Waters, Udo Kier
Website
http://www.taskovskifilms.com/?film=the-1000-eyes-of-dr-maddin