Had no idea just what I was in for when I purchased this film and all
of a sudden I was back in the depression days of the 1920's and 1930's
drinking beer by the gallons in Canada. The actors all gave an
outstanding performance and one woman had her leg amputated and still
managed to make love to any gentleman who so desired. There is a beer
baroness who organized a contest to find the saddest music in the world
with a contest prize of @25,000 and there were many groups who competed
in this crazy contest.
Despite the fact that this film is depicting the Depression Days, there
is some dark comedy and a musical melodrama by the famous director, Guy
Maddin. There is also amnesiac nymphomaniac who is exposed and more
hidden dark secrets that beer will never solve in Winnipeg, Canada.
Enjoy, if you like this type of film..
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A truly unique cinematic experience.
The Saddest Music in the World is unlike any film that I have ever
seen. It looks as if it has been retrieved from the vaults of film's
silent era. Shot mostly in a grainy black & white, the film feels like
a silent film, but yet has a truly unique style that defies
categorization. Some scenes are tinted blue or red, and a couple of
scenes are even in color. The film takes place in depression era
Winnipeg, 1933, but the location in the film is actually created from
the mind of director Guy Maddin.
In Maddin's version of Winnipeg, a legless beer baroness, Lady Helen
Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini), decides to offer $25,000 to the
person who can play the saddest music in the world. The beer baroness
does this hoping that it will increase the sales of her beer. Several
different countries provide musicians to play in the contest. The
winners are decided in face-off rounds and the winner of each round
gets to slide into a vat of Port-Huntley beer.
The contestant representing America is Chester Kent (Mark McKinney of
"Kids in the Hall"), a fast talking, greasy haired Broadway producer
who has a romantic history with the beer baroness. Chester's father,
Fyodor Kent (David Fox), who also has a romantic history with the
baroness, is responsible for her amputations, due in part to a car
wreck and due in part to his being so drunk at the time, that he cut
off the wrong leg. In an effort to make things right between them,
Fyodor makes Lady Helen glass legs that are filled with her own beer.
Chester's female companion, Narcissa (Maria de Medeiros, whom you may
remember as Bruce Willis's girlfriend in Pulp Fiction (1994)), is a
scatterbrained nymphomaniac that claims she has a telepathic tapeworm.
The other stand out character in The Saddest Music in the World is
Roderick (Ross McMillan), who is also know as Gravillo the Great as he
wears a black veil when he performs so no one can see him. Ross
McMillian, like Guy Maddin, is a native of Winnipeg, and his
performance as Roderick is stunning. The camera seems to love him, and
his voice is unforgettable.
Although there is a lot of music performed in the film, it is not a
musical per se. It plays out more like a dark comedy or sorts. The sad
moments are often overshadowed by humor. Since the contestants are from
countries all around the world, we get to hear a variety of music
styles performed. As the story unfolds we find that there is more to
the characters histories than we first realize. If you are interested
in branching out and experiencing cinema that is like nothing else you
have ever seen, The Saddest Music in the World is the film for you..