THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD

It’s 1933 – the depths of the Great Depression – and beer baroness Helen Port-Huntley (Rossellini) is promoting her company with a competition to find “the saddest music in the world”. A fragmented family with deep connections to Helen return to their native Winnipeg to romance her and win the copious prize money and much melodrama ensues. Deliberately eschewing modern movie technology, Maddin faithfully reproduces all the organic flaws and glamour of early cinema – lighting Rossellini’s with the kind of radiant perfection not seen since Garbo stepped away from the camera – and in the process creates a subtle aesthetic commentary that asks the viewer to re-evaluate their outlook.

SCREENS WITH: Guy Maddin’s short My Dad Is 100 Years Old (2005, 16mins).

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD

  • Director: GUY MADDIN
  • Year: 2003
  • Run Time: 99 mins
  • Country: Canada
  • Rating: M