Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin

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Guy Maddin (born February 28, 1956) is a Canadian screenwriter and director of both features and short films from Winnipeg, Manitoba. His most distinctive quality is his dogged persistence in recreating the look and style of silent or early sound era films which has solidified his popularity in niche-cinema and academic circles.

While Maddin strives to recreate the styles and moods of early film melodramas, Weimar Republic German silent films, and 1920s Soviet agit-prop, his own personal style lies in his use of clichés, psychosexual situations, bizarre stories and humor. Reminiscent of the early work of American director David Lynch, it is this self-conscious and surreal merging of early film-making techniques with a post-modern sensibility that give Maddin's films a style referred to as "Ultra-Conformist" or "Anti-Progressive", which sometimes occurs in culturally and geographically isolated Canadian cities. Luckily, continuing assistance from provincial and national Arts Councils as well as the Winnipeg Film Group aid in Maddin's pursuit in the making of art-house history.

His film education came not with any formal training at a trade school, or his experiences at the University of Winnipeg, but with endless weekends of watching films with close friends John Paizs and Steve Snyder. Soon realizing that Paizs was making and performing in his own post-modern films and Snyder was teaching production at the University of Manitoba, Maddin eventually gave up an unsatisfying day-job as a bank-teller and decided that he needed to put his own knowledge to work and step behind the camera, in his case the popular Bolex hand-wound camera.

Maddin's first film was the Winnipeg Film Group assisted 1986 16mm short film "The Dead Father". His first 16mm feature film was "Tales from the Gimli Hospital".

In 2007, Maddin became the first artist-curator of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. In this position, he performs the programming for their new "Curated by..." series. [ [ Series Details ] ]

As of fall 2007, Maddin will be teaching film at the University of Manitoba. Also in 2007, Maddin's film "My Winnipeg" won the Best Canadian Feature award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The haunting track used in the film is "Wonderful Winnipeg" by "The Swinging Strings" (vocal by Jim Wheeler) issued in 1967 on the Eagle Records label of Winnipeg. Super Oldies ( is issuing the track on an Eagle Records compilation CD in 2008.

Maddin's films are often set in his home town of Winnipeg and are usually set in abstract 20th century historical periods. Themes in Maddin's films frequently include unrequited love, murder, Soviet Russia, homoeroticism, incest, dismemberment and the workings of human impulse and subconscious.

Feature films

hort films

* "Nude Caboose" (2006)
* "My Dad Is 100 Years Old" (2006, A portrait of Roberto Rossellini, where he is depicted as a giant pillow tummy. Starring his daughter Isabella Rossellini)
* "Sissy Boy Slap Party (II)" (2004)
* "Sombra Dolorosa" (2004)
* "A Trip to the Orphanage" (2004)
* "Fancy, Fancy Being Rich" (2002)
* "The Heart of the World" (2000)
* "Fleshpots of Antiquity" (2000)
* "Hospital Fragment" (1999)
* "Maldoror: Tygers" (1998)
* "The Cock Crew" or "Love-Chaunt of the Chimney" (1998)
* "The Hoyden" or "Idylls of Womanhood" (1998)
* "Imperial Orgies" or "The Rabbi of Bacharach" (1996)
* "The Hands of Ida" (1995)
* "Sissy Boy Slap Party" or "The Coming Terror" (1995)
* "Odilon Redon" or "The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity" (1995, Toronto International Film Festival award winner)
* "Sea Beggars" or "The Weaker Sex" (1994)
* "The Pomps of Satan" (1993)
* "Indigo High-Hatters" (1991)
* "Tyro" (1990)
* "BBB" (1989)
* "Mauve Decade" (1989)
* "The Dead Father" (1986)


External links

* [ Canadian Film Encyclopedia]
* [ Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent): four of Guy Maddin's shorts available for viewing online]
* [ Senses of Cinema: Great Directors Critical Database]
* [ Winnipeg's avant-garde auteur Guy Maddin comes in from the cold (2004)]
* [ Maddin's production diary for "The Saddest Music in the World"]
* [ CBC Digital Archives - Prairie Visionaries: Guy Maddin and the Winnipeg Film Group]
* [ Interview with Guy Maddin about "The Saddest Music in the World"]
* [ Guy Maddin on The Hour]
* [ DVD Review of Maddin's 1992 Film "Careful"] at [ Alternative Film Guide]
* [ Guy Maddin's Docu-Fantastia: My Winnipeg,]

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