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The Green Fog

Film/Video

The Green Fog, image courtesy of Balcony Releasing
The Green Fog, image courtesy of Balcony Releasing
The Green Fog, image courtesy of Balcony Releasing
The Green Fog, image courtesy of Balcony Releasing

The Green Fog

Guy Maddin in person

(Guy Maddin, codirected by Galen and Evan Johnson, 2017)

Fri, May 11, 2018 7 PM

“Wonderfully oblique…a symphony created by cut-and-splice.”—Film Comment

Best known for Archangel (1990), Careful (1992), and The Heart of the World (2000)—cinematic alchemies conjured from an alternative film history—Guy Maddin returns to the Wex with The Green Fog. A delirious reconstruction of Hitchcock’s Vertigo comprised of San Francisco footage from other movies and television programs, the film is a loving, if irreverent, tribute to both a city and a cherished classic.

“It’s hard to know just what to compare this hour-long fantasia to,” writes Film Comment critic Jonathan Romney, “except perhaps to Christian Marclay’s legendary 24-hour collage piece The Clock (2010), in which the minutes and hours of the day are marked out in sampled fragments from countless films.” “As befits the Maddin imagination,” he continues, “The Green Fog is constructed with an eye for the bizarre and the joyously perverse,” with clips flown in from sources that span Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation (1974), Paul Verhoeven’s Basic Instinct (1992), and an NSYNC music video.

The film also features an original soundtrack composed by Jacob Garchik and performed by Bay Area–legends (and recent Wex guests) Kronos Quartet. The subject of a retrospective here in 2002, Maddin received a 2008–9 Artist Residency Award that supported the production of his 2011 feature Keyhole. (63 mins., DCP)

Presented in conjunction with The Flyover Fest, a three-day arts festival featuring literature, film, music, panel discussions, and more May 10–12.

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