Cowards Bend the Knee

Film/Video

Cowards Bend the Knee

Cowards Bend the Knee

Plus The Quay Brothers' The Phantom Museum
Guy Maddin

Visiting Filmmakers

Rising stars and acclaimed masters come to screen their films and talk with Wexner Center audiences.

Fri, Mar 26, 2004 7 PM
Sat, Mar 27, 2004 7 PM

Guy Maddin's Cowards Bend the Knee (2003) is the Canadian filmmaker's delirious take on his dual preoccupations with ice hockey and beauty parlors. Maddin introduces the Saturday, March 27, screening and signs books at the bookshop at 6 pm.

You can also catch the film (without Maddin's introduction) on Friday evening.

Cowards Bend the Knee (64 mins.) was originally presented as a gallery installation at the Rotterdam Film Festival, where viewers watched the film as 10 separate chapters through nickelodeon-like peepholes. It features Maddin at his most lurid and abject. As he modestly notes, the project is "a culmination of all my cowardice into one big ball of cowardly behavior."

Also on the program both evenings is the wizardly Quay Brothers' The Phantom Museum (2002; 11 mins.), a haunting stroll through Sir Henry Wellcome's Medical Archives.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection closes Dec 31. Don't miss the exhibition artnet named among the world's 25 "must-see shows."

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)