The Saddest Music in the World

Film, Comedy
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Winnipeg, 1933, 'the world capital of sorrow'. A legless beer baroness, Lady Helen Port-Huntley (Rossellini), orchestrates an international contest to find the most melancholy music from across the globe, and, incidentally, promote Winnipeg beer to Prohibitioned radio listeners over the border. Her old lover and nemesis Chester Kent (McKinney) wants a piece of the action - his new girlfriend Narcissa (Madeiros) is quite the canary. Perhaps '30s B-movies weren't quite as surreal, but this, from archaeologist of the imagination Guy Maddin, makes you wonder. Even in the appropriate context of a competitive international film festival, the spoofy contest doesn't quite sustain feature length; but la Rossellini's sparkling glass legs, filled with muskeg beer, are an image of Grimm fascination. (Based on an original screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro.) TCh.

By: TCh

Release details

Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Guy Maddin
Screenwriter: George Toles, Guy Maddin
Cast: Ross McMillan
Mark McKinney
Talia Pura
Claude Dorge
David Fox
Maria de Madeiros
Darcy Fehr
Louis Negin
Isabella Rossellini