Into the Past: The Cinema of Guy Maddin by William BeardInto the Past: The Cinema of Guy Maddin by William Beard

Into the Past: The Cinema of Guy Maddin

byWilliam Beard

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Guy Maddin started making films in his back yard and on his kitchen table. Now his unique work, which relies heavily on such archaic means as black and white small-format cinematography and silent-film storytelling, premieres at major film festivals around the world and is avidly discussed in the critical press. Into the Past provides a complete and systematic critical commentary on each of Maddin's feature films and shorts, from his 1986 debut film The Dead Father through to his highly successful 2008 full-length 'docu-fantasia' My Winnipeg.

William Beard's extensive analysis of Maddin's narrative and aesthetic strategies, themes, influences, and underlying issues also examines the origins and production history of each film. Each of Maddin's projects and collaborations showcase his gradual evolution as a filmmaker and his singular development of narrative forms. Beard's close readings of these films illuminate, among other things, the profound ways in which Maddin's art is founded in the past - both in the cultural past, and in his personal memory.

William Beard is a professor and film studies program director in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.
Title:Into the Past: The Cinema of Guy MaddinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.12 inPublished:May 29, 2010Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442610662

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements iii


Introduction 1


Chapter 1: The Dead Father 18


Chapter 2: Tales from the Gimli Hospital 31


Chapter 3: Archangel 66


Chapter 4: Careful 122


Chapter 5: Twilight of the Ice Nymphs 181


Chapter 6: Dracula—Pages from a Virgin's Diary 232


Chapter 7: Cowards Bend the Knee 271


Chapter 8: The Saddest Music in the World 335


Chapter 9: Brand Upon the Brain! 389


Chapter 10: My Winnipeg 452


Envoi 517


Appendix: The Short Films 520


Bibliography 581

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Guy Maddin started making films in his back yard and on his kitchen table. Now his unique work, which relies heavily on such archaic means as black and white small-format cinematography and silent-film storytelling, premieres at major film festivals around the world and is avidly discussed in the critical press. Into the Past provides a complete and systematic critical commentary on each of Maddin's feature films and shorts, from his 1986 debut film The Dead Father through to his highly successful 2008 full-length 'docu-fantasia' My Winnipeg.William Beard's extensive analysis of Maddin's narrative and aesthetic strategies, themes, influences, and underlying issues also examines the origins and production history of each film. Each of Maddin's projects and collaborations showcase his gradual evolution as a filmmaker and his singular development of narrative forms. Beard's close readings of these films illuminate, among other things, the profound ways in which Maddin's art is founded in the past - both in the cultural past, and in his personal memory.'It seems entirely possible that with Into the Past, Guy Maddin has found his most committed exegete. Not only is William Beard deeply invested in the Maddin oeuvre; he appears to have studied every available scrap in his filmography and compiled an impressive array of production information. For anyone seeking guidance in the Maddin labyrinth, Beard offers not only a treasure chest, but a map showing us the way to many of the jewels.' - Jonathan Rosenbaum, author of Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons and Discovering Orson Welles