• “Kino Kino Kino Kino Kino: Guy Maddin’s Cinema of Artifice”

    Author(s):
    Sérgio Dias Branco (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Film-Philosophy, Film Studies
    Subject(s):
    Film, Memory
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6S869
    Abstract:
    If Guy Maddin were a scientist, he would be a mad scientist. Perhaps, then, he is a mad artist, effusively mixing images that appear to come from the silent era and sounds that seem to come from the first talkies. The metaphor is apt—and not just because of the weird, frenzied scientist father in “Brand upon the Brain!” (2006). It is apt because it is in tune with his filmmaking, which uses archetypes, mental images inherited from previous generations that have become imprinted on our minds. Extending the metaphor, we could say that like Doctor Frankenstein, Maddin creates films out of parts, bringing to life that which has been temporarily forgotten or thought of as lifeless. His films constantly confront the ever-present risk that this monstrous creation may turn on him and destroy his art in the process. This article briefly analyses the artifice that underpins his work, not because of its cleverness or deceitfulness, but because of the way it displays its own creation as film art and uses it as subject matter.
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