Directed by Guy Maddin

Directed by Guy Maddin

17 Episodes

The language of cinema’s past lives on in the films of Guy Maddin, the renegade surrealist of Winnipeg, Manitoba, whose sixty-fifth birthday we’re celebrating with this tour through his singular filmography. Meticulously recreating the aesthetics of silent and expressionist cinema in order to stage delirious visions of his own dreams, fantasies, and obsessions, Maddin’s films are by turns hallucinatory, warped, unsettling, and hilarious. This selection of the wildly prolific auteur’s numerous shorts and features—including the demented Alpine melodrama CAREFUL, the autobiographical docu-fantasia MY WINNIPEG, and the epic “lost film” phantasmagoria THE FORBIDDEN ROOM—is a testament to cinema’s uncanny power to make manifest our deepest and darkest inner worlds.

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Directed by Guy Maddin
  • Guy Maddin Interview

    Episode 1

    This new conversation with director Guy Maddin and art critic Robert Enright was recorded in 2021.

  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary

    Episode 2

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2002 • Canada
    Starring Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni

    Beautifully transposing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s interpretation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire yarn from stage to screen, Guy Maddin forges a sumptuous, erotically charged feast of dance, drama, ...

  • My Dad Is 100 Years Old

    Episode 3

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2005 • Canada
    Starring Isabella Rossellini

    Guy Maddin’s centenary tribute to Roberto Rossellini stars the great neorealist filmmaker’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini.

  • My Winnipeg

    Episode 4

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2007 • Canada

    The geographical dead center of North America and the beloved birthplace of Guy Maddin, Winnipeg is the frosty and mysterious star of Maddin’s “docu-fantasia.” A work of memory and imagination, the film burrows into what the director calls “the heart of the...

  • Glorious

    Episode 5

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2008 • Canada
    Starring Louis Negin, Nihad Ademi

    Electrified shoes, paranormal incest, and a den of loins: the patriarch of a crime family receives a visit from his father’s nude ghost in this delirious noir nightmare.

  • Spanky: To the Pier and Back

    Episode 6

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2008 • Canada

    Guy Maddin takes a shoreside walk with a pug named Spanky in this kinetic tribute to man’s best friend.

  • How to Take a Bath

    Episode 7

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2009 • Canada
    Starring Louis Negin

    Legendary poet John Ashbery scripted this absurdist step-by-step guide to bathing, excerpted from Guy Maddin’s feature THE FORBIDDEN ROOM and restored to its original form as a stand-alone film.

  • Night Mayor

    Episode 8

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2009 • Canada

    This short Guy Maddin film tells the story of inventor Nihad Ademi, who harnesses the power of the aurora borealis in Winnipeg in 1939. Ademi uses this power to broadcast images of Canada to its own citizens from coast to coast, but in the process angers he...

  • Sinclair

    Episode 9

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2010 • Canada

    The camera’s roving eye seems to warp and bend a mysterious white room in this unsettling excerpt from a film Guy Maddin created for the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox building.

  • Only Dream Things

    Episode 10

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2012 • Canada

    Made as part of an installation at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for its centennial in 2012, ONLY DREAM THINGS layers home movies from Guy Maddin’s youth into a haunting, deeply personal journey through memory and the unconscious.

  • The Hall Runner

    Episode 11

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2014 • Canada

    Guy Maddin meditates on the mysteries and memories embedded within the folds of a seemingly ordinary hallway carpet.

  • Louis Riel for Dinner

    Episode 12

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2012 • Canada

    Guy Maddin narrates a surreal animated ode to the Métis freedom fighter and founder of the province of Manitoba.

  • Lines of the Hand

    Episode 13

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2015 • Canada
    Starring Luce Vigo, Udo Kier

    An unrealized Jean Vigo film script flickers to life in a kaleidoscopic swirl featuring his daughter, Luce Vigo; Udo Kier; and dialogue by poet John Ashbery.

  • The Green Fog

    Episode 14

    Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson • 2017 • United States

    Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO has long exerted a hypnotic pull over viewers entranced by its vision of lost love and voyeuristic obsession. In THE GREEN FOG, Guy Maddin and codirectors Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson off...

  • Accidence

    Episode 15

    Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson • 2018 • Canada
    Starring Adam Brooks, Jon’Nathon Stebbe, William Bond

    Can you spot the crime scene? An unbroken nine-minute shot of an apartment-block exterior captures the oddball hive of activity unfolding on the balconies in this innovat...

  • Stump the Guesser

    Episode 16

    Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson • 2020 • Canada
    Starring Adam Brooks, Brent Neale, Stephanie Berrington

    Guy Maddin deploys an explosion of expressionist effects to tell the story of a carnival mentalist who sets out to disprove genetics in order to marry his sister.

  • The Rabbit Hunters

    Episode 17

    Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson • 2020 • Canada
    Starring Isabella Rossellini, Tony Lamorte, Satina Loren

    Isabella Rossellini plays Federico Fellini in this extravagant phantasmagoria made in celebration of the Italian master’s centenary.