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Friday, May 30, 2008

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD (2003)

Guy Maddin is a Canadian based art-film maker, here sticking his toe into commercial waters with a hot-house flower of a pic set in a cold environment. Rich bitch Isabella Rossellini holds an international contest in the midst of the Great Depression to find the saddest music in the world, but ends up revisiting her own personal demons as her former lover and his family all become finalists. Using a mix of old film techniques, early-Talkie acting styles and digital editing technology, Maddin creates some effectively dreamy visuals, but the silly plot keeps you too distanced from the story to sustain the 100 minute running time. Too bad no one makes two reelers anymore.

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