A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.
Maria de Medeiros
Winnipeg, 1939: Bosnian immigrant Nihad Ademi conceives of a way to harness the power of the Aurora Borealis in order to broadcast imagery of his vast and beloved adopted land from coast to coast to coast.
Mostly pointless but the music and Maddin just about justify it
While an opera singers sings in a snowy and cold street, we are allowed to witness a meeting between a man and a woman through blowing net curtains. The music is touched by sadness and the emotions of the characters are no different. Nearer they become while the singer sinks deeper into the melancholy.
Even as a Guy Maddin fan, it is hard to really get into a film that appears to have been filmed while another one was made (Saddest music in the World). The short sees an opera singer sing while a man stumble towards a woman that's it. Outside of this there is very little to justify watching it. That said, the music is hauntingly beautiful and makes for a nice listen if nothing else, meanwhile Maddin's style is always worth a look.
Overall this is pretty empty and pointless but it has some value in regards the beauty of the music and the unique style of Guy Maddin as director. Included on the Saddest Music DVD, this is probably the best way to see this short with something else because for the small amount of value it does have it is certainly not worth seeing on its own.
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