I love moments of cinematic perfection, which is precisely what Guy Maddin delivers with his experimental musical The Saddest Music in the World. A frenzied mash-up of silent era film making techniques, ambient music and self aware over the top acting this film delivers an idea directly from the mind of an auteur. It is a movie of moments collected into a generalized idea that questions what one must experience to truly feel sad. Through an unconventional use of the melodramatic Maddin offers a psychological escape from sadness, while simultaneously forcing viewers to acknowledge the truly degrading existences of those oppressed. In essence, the film is a formulaic guilt trip masterfully embedded in a black comedy. The film exudes brilliance while also pouring over with the film makers own personal tragedies, particularly those of loss and existential malaise.
I am very fond of this film and am considering making room for it on my mental top ten list. It is black comedy done right, and even uses a former Kids in the Hall member in its cast. Simply put it is how a film should be made and a copy is a must for any burgeoning cinephile.