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Guy Maddin Blogathon: Maddin’s Nostalgia Style

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Guy Maddin Blogathon: Maddin’s Nostalgia Style
Guy Maddin Blogathon: Maddin’s Nostalgia Style

That Guy Maddin’s “nostalgia style” calls to mind films of yesteryear is only half the story; you must also contend with the urge to name the period of cinema he chooses to imitate, which is often an exercise in futility. Even if you connect the composition or texture of a single shot to, say, Erich Von Stroheim’s Queen Kelly, or skid-row exploitation films of the Great Depression, or a popular adventure serial, Maddin will somehow corrupt the frame with two or three more layers of interference. With a gel, a superimposition, a fisheye lens, or a cutaway, Maddin keeps the viewer’s mind in a state of flux.

The Conversations: Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve

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The Conversations: Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve
The Conversations: Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve

Jason Bellamy: On the same weekend that Robin Hood opened, Cate Blanchett turned 41. At least, most of her did. Watching her play Marion to Russell Crowe’s Robin, I found it difficult to ignore the glaring (apparent) reality that some of the actress is considerably younger. Blanchett’s cheekbones, for example, have such a suspiciously hard, dramatic contour that they look less like features of a human face than like accents of a sporty Mercedes-Benz, probably because they are equally unnatural. Blanchett, I think it’s safe to say, has undergone some cosmetic surgery throughout her movie career. And while I want to make it clear that it’s none of my business what Blanchett does to or with her body, I do feel I have every right to make the following observation: In Robin Hood, Blanchett’s too-perfect cheekbones look neither middle-aged nor Middle Age.