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Director:
Writers:
Guy Maddin (screenplay)
George Toles (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 December 1994 (Australia) See more »
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In the Alpine village of Tolzbad in the 1800s, the townsfolk talk quietly and restrain their movements lest they incur avalanches... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Brilliant Homage to vintage cinema See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Kyle McCulloch ... Grigorss
Gosia Dobrowolska ... Zenaida
Sarah Neville ... Klara

Brent Neale ... Johann
Paul Cox ... Count Knotkers
Victor Cowie ... Herr Trotta
Michael O'Sullivan ... Blind Ghost
Vince Rimmer ... Franz

Katya Gardner ... Sigleinde

Jackie Burroughs ... Frau Teacher
Ross McMillan ... Chief Steward
Leith Clark ... Butler Blore
Glen Hubich ... Butler Schrammel
Brendan Carruthers ... Mortician
George Toles ... Countess Knotkers
Greg Klymkiw ... Shower Meister
Kelli Shinfield ... Gerda the Mountain Girl
Andrea Von Wichert ... Townsperson (as Andrea Wichert)
Carol McQuarrie ... Townsperson
Barbara Green ... Townsperson
Kathryn Martin ... Townsperson
Lisa Skrypichako ... Townsperson
Soffia Cooney ... Townsperson
Dora Sigurdson ... Townsperson
Hrund ... Townsperson
Daisy ... Townsperson
Tina Douvris ... Townsperson
Arlea Ashcroft ... Townsperson
J.J. Harris ... Townsperson (as Jennifer Harris)

Rebecca Gibson ... Townsperson
Julia Brown ... Townsperson
Stacy Shore ... Townsperson
Jilian Maddin ... Townsperson (as Jillian Maddin)
Alanna Van Buren ... Townsperson
Amanda Bourdon ... Townsperson
Alexandra Rachey ... Townsperson
Tanya Brown ... Townsperson
Jessica Brown ... Townsperson (as Jessica Brown)
Avril Maister ... Townsperson
Tracy Gemmell ... Townsperson
Ron Eyolfson ... Townsperson
Roy Norton ... Townsperson
Graham Bicq ... Townsperson
Randy Kray ... Townsperson
Sean Hanson ... Townsperson
Robert Lunn ... Townsperson
Peter Lunn ... Townsperson
Don Hewak ... Townsperson
Stu Lavitt ... Townsperson
Jim Keller ... Townsperson
Matt Holm ... Butler Student
Conrad Percheson ... Butler Student
Hans Ter Horst ... Butler Student
Kurt Moritz ... Butler Student
Jeff Solylo ... Butler Student
Ian Handford ... Butler Student

Caelum Vatnsdal ... Butler Student
Mark Yuill ... Butler Student

Jonas Chernick ... Butler Student

Directed by
Guy Maddin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guy Maddin  screenplay
George Toles  screenplay
George Toles  story

Produced by
Andre Bennett .... executive producer
Greg Klymkiw .... producer
Tracy Traeger .... producer
 
Original Music by
John McCulloch 
 
Cinematography by
Guy Maddin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Guy Maddin 
 
Casting by
Greg Klymkiw 
 
Production Design by
Guy Maddin 
 
Art Direction by
Jeff Solylo 
 
Costume Design by
Donna Szöke 
 
Makeup Department
Pamela M. Athayde .... makeup designer/artist (as Pamela Athayde)
Kim Forrest .... makeup dailies
Karri Moffat .... makeup dailies
Donna Szöke .... makeup designer/artist
Bill Sciak .... barber (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tracy Traeger .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Liz Jarvis .... first assistant director
Richard O'Brien-Moran .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Larry Clark .... carpenter
Ron Gorsline .... painter
Ian Handford .... property master
Karen Harvich .... construction dailies
Matt Holm .... art department dailies
Ray Impey .... construction dailies
Randy Kray .... carpenter
Campbell Martin .... construction dailies
Joachim Martin .... construction dailies (as Jock Martin)
Darren Mills .... construction dailies
Neil Minuk .... property buyer and maker
Karri Moffat .... painter
Conrad Percheson .... property buyer and maker
Marlowe Phillips .... construction dailies
Michael Powell .... property buyer and maker
Dean Smallwood .... construction coordinator
Dean Smallwood .... set designer
Sherry Starkell .... property buyer and maker (as Sherri Starkell)
Mary Sylwester .... art department dailies (as Mary Sylvester)
Hans Ter Horst .... first assistant art director
Gerrie Van Heck .... property buyer and maker
Larry Van Went .... painter
Caelum Vatnsdal .... property buyer and maker
Craig Walls .... construction coordinator
Craig Walls .... set designer
Keith Walls .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Russ Dyck .... adr editor
Russ Dyck .... adr recordist
Russ Dyck .... sound
Linda Madden .... assistant adr editor
Guy Maddin .... sound editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Don Melnyk .... adr recordist
Daniel Pellerin .... sound engineer
Gerrie Van Heck .... assistant sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Bewcyk .... gaffer
Michael Drabot .... electrician: dailies
Steve Madden .... grip
Michael Marshall .... camera operator (as Mike Marshall)
Pierre Naday .... electrician: dailies
Deanne Rohde .... best girl
Brian Sanders .... first assistant camera (as Bryan Sanders)
Jeff Solylo .... still photographer
Caelum Vatnsdal .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Shelagh Carter .... casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolyn Bradshaw .... seamstress
Carolyn Bradshaw .... wardrobe mistress
Marion Degraves .... wardrobe dailies
Deanna Desrosiers .... wardrobe dailies
Leona Harvich .... seamstress
Angela Heck .... seamstress
Sandra Seaman .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Lorne Bailey .... daily rushes
Ian Handford .... second assistant editor
Lorri Millan .... third assistant editor
Hans Ter Horst .... first assistant editor
 
Other crew
Alex Dobrowolski .... legal services
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Gloria Gibb .... production accountant
Stewart Hayek .... animal wrangler
Sasha Iwanick .... production coordinator
Greg Klymkiw .... unit publicist
Brad Linden .... caterer
Susan Lisoway .... animal wrangler
Geoff Pevere .... script editor
Kelli Shinfield .... assistant: Mr. Maddin
Kelli Shinfield .... production assistant
Stephen Snyder .... assistant: Mr. Klymkiw (as Steve Snyder)
Stephen Snyder .... diary (as Steve Snyder)
Mary Sylwester .... production assistant (as Mary Sylvester)
Hans Ter Horst .... continuity
Gerrie Van Heck .... assistant: Ms. Traeger
 
Thanks
Alexander Bohr .... special thanks
Dennis Jakob .... dedicatee
 

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Johann:Suppose that the sounds of angels singing hymns to our virginal love was in reality a choir from the deepest pit of hell.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant Homage to vintage cinema, 9 October 2003
Author: Maxwell Hoffmann (maxwellhoffmann@msn.com) from Thousand Oaks, CA

The USA Film Festival described this as Twin Peaks directed by Erich von Stroheim. Not a bad description. It's an uproarious satire, in the vein of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN ... but the film often so beautifully duplicates the material it parodies that your breath is taken away. It's a little like reading a hysterical comic book, and finding original paintings by old masters salted throughout!

This brilliant Canadian film heavily borrows from the high-camp expressionism of German silent films and early talkies, especially the "mountain" films of Leni Riefenstahl. Anyone who's read FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER will recognize dozens of scenes in this film as near carbons of stills from the book. Perhaps more than any other films before or since, German silent cinema created compelling images that tap into universal race consciousness, portraying grainy, moving archetypal images all of us vaguely recognize from dreams or nightmares. Because of this, CAREFUL will often take your breath away with unexpected moments of quiet majesty and beauty. But there are plenty of laughs in between, (with "sick," 70's style National Lampoon-like humor). If you've never laughed at seeing an eye poked out, leave political correctness at the door and give this film a whirl!

The soundtrack if often deliberately scratchy or muffled, and in several scenes easter-egg like colors are used that resemble the early two-strip technicolor process. Ominous title cards are used to introduce scenes. This bizarre film is salted with unexpected dialogue like this: BOY: "My, aren't you the frisky one today." GIRL: "Even the reindeer are such, when Spring is coming!"

Enough of the aesthetics, what is the film supposedly about? The action takes place in the 19th century alpine village of Tolzbad, that is so precariously poised under constant threat of avalanche that villagers have learned to communicate only in whispers. Animals have had their vocal chords removed, and gramophones have lambs wool stuffed in the horn. Villagers keep time to the "sound" of silent instruments at a "concert." There are handful of soundproof ice caves where the villagers can frolic and shout, letting out their pent up, pagan passions. The film is clearly a biblical parable about repression. Jackie Burroughs does a brilliant bit part as the puritanical teacher, who closely resembles the Cloris Leachman role in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

All of the characters display a surface naivete; actresses speak in the perky, breathless voices reminiscent of badly dubbed post-war European B films; "strapping" young sons still wear short pants'd school uniforms. The film quickly descends below the surface to show the village as a cauldron of incestuous flirtations, violent retaliation and explosive "family secrets." The plot follows an arc of forbidden loves and passions, leading to retribution on a biblical scale. What may appear to the modern audience as "cheap" special effects are actually loving recreations of how ghosts and visions were portrayed in silent and early talking German films. Many of the images are unforgettable, like the "trolley" cars pulled by oxen, or the mine workers wearing crowns of flickering candles. Uncoated lenses and back lit hair make some closeups resemble images from early Garbo or Dietrich films.

CAREFUL warrants multiple viewings. Watch it with a friend; this is definitely a film you'll want to dissect over several capuccinos.

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