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Guy Maddin (screenplay)
George Toles (screenplay)
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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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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
Elizabeth Jarvis .... first assistant director (as Liz Jarvis)
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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German Expressionism, Guy Maddin style, 27 June 2010
Author: timmy_501 from United States

Influenced by the German Expressionist films of the 1920s and filtered through the oddball sensibilities of writer/director Guy Maddin, Careful is a film like no other. Maddin appropriates silent cinema's monochrome aesthetic in multiple scenes but even when color is being used in a more traditional way he tends to fill the screen with garish brightness. The film has (melo)dramatic elements but is primarily comedic, albeit with a wink and a nudge subtlety almost altogether absent from silent film's heyday.

The bizarre plot of the film is centered on a repressed mountain community, particularly the brothers Johan and Grigors and their mother. The boys' father, who lost both his eyes in separate freak accidents, is long since dead and their older brother is locked in the attic where he silently watches. Johan and his younger brother spend most of their time in a strict school for butlers where they learn about dining etiquette and grooming. Johan becomes engaged to Klara, a local girl who lusts after her own father in spite of his clear favoritism toward his younger daughter, in spite of his own obsessive lust directed at his mother. Naturally, characters become involved in murder plots, duels, and suicide as they're too repressed and shut off to resolve their problems in a less dramatic fashion.

Thematically, Careful is too jumbled to have much coherence but like most Maddin films this is more about style than plot or meaning. Maddin's creative visual style is engaging enough on its own to make Careful a worthwhile film.

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