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The Saddest Music in the World


3.8 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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The dark days of the Depression set the stage for surreal black comedy in this "intoxicating" (Time) musical melodrama from acclaimed director Guy Maddin. When a legless beer baroness (Isabella Rossellini) in Winnipeg announces a contest to find the world's saddest tune, a pint of trouble brews among a fractured family competing for the $25,000 prize. As the disturbing depths of the linksbetween each other, the baroness and an amnesiac nymphomaniac are exposed, one thing becomes clear:It will take more than a pool of alcohol to drown their sorrows!

Only the mind of Guy Maddin could conjure up The Saddest Music in the World, in which a double-amputee beer baroness invites musicians of all nations to compete in a grand music competition... in Winnipeg. The only thing zanier than the plot is Maddin's style, which makes the film look like a lost artifact from the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari era, a jumble of Expressionist compositions and gauzy focus. It helps if you're already a fan of the director of Careful and Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary, for this is not Maddin's most cohesive picture. Kids in the Hall stalwart Mark McKinney is a little too arch as a sharpie returning to Manitoba, but Isabella Rossellini is delicious as the "Beer Queen of the Prairie." By the time she straps on a pair of hollow glass legs filled with bubbly lager, you're either delighted by this movie or you've given up. --Robert Horton

Special features

  • Three short films from Guy Maddin: A Trip to the Orphange, Sissy Boy Slap Party, Sombra Dolorosa
  • "Teardrops in the Snow: The Making of The Saddest Music in the World" featurette
  • "The Saddest Characters in the World: The Cast of The Saddest Music in the World" featurette
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Teasers

Product details

  • Actors: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox, Ross McMillan
  • Directors: Caelum Vatnsdal, Guy Maddin, Matt Holm
  • Writers: Caelum Vatnsdal, Guy Maddin, George Toles, John Barnard, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00062IXJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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