Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight | Chicago Reader

Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight

This one-hour video about Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin sometimes makes him seem more pretentious than his obsessively stylized work might suggest. The movie is often sloppy and has a mealy tone (for which the flowery voice-over delivered by Tom Waits is only partly to blame)—writer-director Noam Gonick can't seem to decide whether he wants to mock documentary conventions or just use them. Yet eventually this portrait does convey Maddin's eerie sincerity and commitment to making movies so unlikely to draw big audiences that each project is as difficult to fund as the one before. Maddin's collaborators discuss their contributions to his work even as they confirm his creative control; his respect for everyone who helps craft his idiosyncratic visions is expressed in interviews and production clips. Clearly public-relations oriented, the documentary, much of which was filmed during the making of Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, opens with Maddin saying it may be his last movie. Shelley Duvall, who plays a leading role in that feature, even makes an implicit plea for money when she attests to what Maddin can accomplish with sums considered meager by commercial filmmakers. You might even feel like sending a check to the depressive and understatedly charismatic Maddin, who submits to one interview while lying in bed.


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