The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin

  • 65'
  • France
  • 2015
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.

Director
Yves Montmayeur
Country of production
France
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
65'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Thierry Tripod
Production Company
Brainworks
Sales
Taskovski Films Ltd.
Screenplay
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