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- "The Saddest Characters in the World: The Cast of The Saddest Music in the World" featurette
- Original theatrical trailer
Top Customer Reviews
Set in 1933, "the depths of the Great Depression", the location is Winnipeg, Canada, home of Lady Port-Huntly (Isabella Rosselini), the astoundingly wealthy beer baroness of Canada, who decides to hold a contest to select the saddest music in the world--for business reasons, of course. Among the entrants are her former lover, Chester Kent (Mark McKinney), his current lover Narcissa (Maria de Medeiros), Chester's estranged brother Roderick (Ross McMillan)--separated from Narcissa, and the men's father, Duncan (Claude Dorge). Duncan represents Canada; Chester, America; and Roderick, Serbia (of all places).
The prize is $25,000, a fortune in those days, so naturally there are entrants from all over the world--among which are Mexico, Siam, and Africa. The music is inspired, but eventually converges on the lilting popular American tune The Song is You, for which there are diverse renditions in the course of the film. The show-stopper is the version by Chester near the end, a big band production that fuses influences, in typical American fashion, from all over the world.
Familial tensions converge with unrequited love, and with the most peculiar prostheses anyone has ever seen--either in real life or on film. Lady Port-Huntly is a double amputee, and he whose reckless mistake resulted in her unfortunate current condition fashions for her a pair of legs that must be seen to be believed.Read more ›
Add to this the personal tragedy of Lady Helen facing her lover Chester Kent (Mark McKinney) who watched while his father Dr. Fyodor Kent (David Fox) mistakenly and drunkenly amputated both of her legs after a car accident while Chester's brother Roderick (Ross McMillan) exiles himself to Serbia over the loss of his wife Narcissa (Maria de Medeiros) and child, constantly playing his sad music on his cello!
All this may sound a bit over the top, but it is actually WAY over the top and happily so. Maddin has shot the film primarily in black and white in the just-out-of-focus manner of the earliest of movies (the story, after all, takes place in the Great Depression).
But despite the emphasis on 'artiness', the story is not mere parody or wedge of surrealism: there are many cogent social comments here - enough to keep you thinking. This film may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy something different, it is highly recommended! Grady Harp, November 2004
It's so good!
Of course,being fairly strange, a lot of people will dislike it but if you like David Lynch films you'll like this.
Isabella Rossellini is one of my favourites as well so her being in it was a bonus.
I laughed my ass off at the surreal situations the characters were in.
The scene with the old lady fortune teller and the block of ice was priceless.
Acting was excellent all around and the music was of course very delicious and sad.;-)
The extra featurettes are truly amazing and spark enough interest in what a filmmaker will do to make his dream come true.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A surreal wonderful blending of Busby Berkeley, Luis Bunuel, a 1930's "documentary" on marijuana of venereal disease with a little early Nation Geographic television added... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Thomas J. Bradley
I tend to love any non-Hollywood type movie if for no other reason than I like to actually be surprised. I love movies without all the Hollywood cliches. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael Bush
I rented this based on the description and the IMDB rating...I should have done more research. I couldn't make it past 20 minutes. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by James
Guy Maddin's work really defies description. Words fall short. I'll try.
Script: quirky and understatedly hilarious. Performances: Quirky and understatedly hilarious. Read more
Really unwatchable. Mark McKinney not so good. Idea not so good. Visually annoying. Trying too hard to be something interesting. Fail.Published on March 12, 2013 by daddygene
Crazy, Beautiful, Poignent, Tounge in Cheek, wonderful, thoughtful,, I lvoe this movie ever so much! Great Costumes and music and best of all.. Lady Porthuntleys Beer!Published on January 18, 2013 by Jackie
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