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January 09, 2009

The Saddest Music In The World

Saddestmusic This humble (black & white) cinematic milestone combines ego-sexual satire beneath a melodramatic depression era Winnipeg story about lovers at odds over a $25,000 international contest for musicians who to perform "the saddest music in the world." Director Guy Madden is a mad genius playing with Isabella Rossellini as his (glass-prosthetic-legged) beer baroness judging the proceedings in which her former lover and Broadway producer Mark McKinney has entered to win the big cash prize. The film’s expressionist style and lighting design provide it with an immaculate richness of visual textures. Think, a cross between David Lynch and Woody Allen with a touch of Kubrick, and you’ll have an idea of Madden’s impassioned madness.
Not Rated. 99 mins. (B+) (Four Stars)

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