Wednesday, August 13

Brand upon the brain.

My kind of movie: different, not run of the mill.

(It can't be stranger than David Lynch's Eraserhead. )

It is a silent film, by Canadian director Guy Maddin.

During it's film run, live accompaniment of the score was provided by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and narrators.

In June 2007 a version of the film with recorded soundtrack and narration by Rossellini opened in limited theatrical release.

It features narrative tracks performed by Isabella Rossellini, Laurie Anderson, John Ashbery,Louis Negin, Eli Wallach, and Maddin himself .

"Brand Upon the Brain!" currently has a 93% T-Meter rating and 100% Top Critic rating on (I usually agree with the ratings here, since it is more an average from reviewers).

Described in such terms as "a phantasmagoric story that could be a collaboration between Edgar Allan Poe and Salvador Dali" by Roger Ebert and "a feverishly imaginative Freudian vampire film" by Carrie Rickey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the film is frequently described as 'experimental' due to its unusual structure and style.

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