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March 22, 2005

heartoftheworld.jpg FILM: Since returning home the other day, I've been repeatedly watching Guy Maddin's six minute epic The Heart Of The World, which arrived in the mail (as part of this Zeitgeist collection) in my absence. I wonder if it would be too hyperbolic to call it one of the most important films ever made? Of course, being a Maddin film, with its exclamatory title cards and frenetic pacing, hyperbole is quite appropriate. The film is, as the synopsis states, a parody of Soviet propaganda films. It is also an astonishing realization of three very important concepts: the beautiful and affirming value of cinema as an art form, of art as the ultimate form of emotional expression, and of the inevitable triumph of art over commerce. I'd heard great things about it ever since it premiered at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival as part of a series of commissioned shorts on the subject of cinema from other notable Canadian filmmakers (it was not only the best of that bunch - it was generally regarded as the best film of the entire festival, and made several top ten lists at the end of the year). It lived up to the hype, and then some; is is giddy and exhilarating, as Maddin's films usually are, and ultimately emotionally breathtaking; as true and sincere a love letter to cinema as ever has been written.

MUSIC: Extraordinary Machine has been leaked in its entirety; here's where I got it. It's been a long time coming, and my god, is it ever beautiful. Just like I always knew it would be. Just as when When The Pawn was the only thing I listened to in those bittersweet months at the turn of the century, I don't want to hear anything else right now.

Posted by David Lowery at March 22, 2005 2:31 AM