To close its 60th anniversary edition last spring, the San Francisco International Film Festival had the excellent idea of commissioning Guy Maddin
(along with his “Forbidden Room” collaborators, siblings Evan and Galen Johnson
) to make a San Francisco-centric feature. “The Green Fog
” compiles bits from about 100 San Fran-set movies and TV shows into a quasi-narrative pastiche that ostensibly pays tribute to Hitchcock’s “Vertigo
.” Only faint echoes of that classic can be detected here, but this ingenious gizmo will nonetheless delight Maddin fans, or anyone else who enjoys games played with and about old movies. “Green Fog” is making its regular theatrical debut with short runs at San Fran’s Roxie and New York’s IFC Center. The film’s short (62-minute) runtime is its principal hurdle to wider exposure.
While there’s only one fleeting, incidental actual shot from “Vertigo
” here, “The Green Fog” is suffused with a very Hitchcockian sense of intrigue, romance and suspense