The Saddest Music in the World

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The Saddest Music in the World is a 2003 Canadian film directed by Guy Maddin, budgeted at $3.8-million (a large budget relative to the average Canadian film) and shot over 24 days. The film was Maddin's first collaboration with Isabella Rossellini,... read more
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The Saddest Music in the World is a 2003 Canadian film directed by Guy Maddin, budgeted at $3.8-million (a large budget relative to the average Canadian film) and shot over 24 days. The film was Maddin's first collaboration with Isabella Rossellini, who subsequently appeared in a number of Maddin's films, and co-created a film with him about her father Roberto Rossellini. Maddin and co-writer George Toles based the film on an original screenplay written by Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, from which they kept "the title, the premise and the contest – to determine which country’s music was the saddest" but otherwise re-wrote. Like most of Guy Maddin's films, The Saddest Music in the World is filmed in a style that imitates late 1920s and early 1930s cinema, with grainy black-and-white photography, slightly out-of-sync sound and expressionist art design. A few scenes are filmed in colour, in a manner that imitates early two-strip Technicolor.

Original Release

09/17/2003

US Release

04/10/2004

Cast

Isabella Rossellini Lady Helen Port-Huntley
David Fox Fyodor Kent
Maria de Medeiros Narcissa
Ross McMIllan Roderick Kent / Gravillo the Great
Claude Dorge Duncan Elksworth
Louis Negin Blind Seer
Darcy Fehr Teddy
Talia Pura Mary
Jeff Sutton Young Chester
Graeme Valentin Young Roderick
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Guy Maddin

Writers

George Toles, Kazuo Ishiguro, Guy Maddin

Cast

Isabella Rossellini Lady Helen Port-Huntley
David Fox Fyodor Kent
Maria de Medeiros Narcissa
Ross McMIllan Roderick Kent / Gravillo the Great
Claude Dorge Duncan Elksworth
Louis Negin Blind Seer
Darcy Fehr Teddy
Talia Pura Mary
Jeff Sutton Young Chester
Graeme Valentin Young Roderick
Maggie Nagle Chester's Mother
Victor Cowie Man in Bar
Jessica Burleson Lady's Secretary
Wayne Nicklas Boardmember
Nancy Jane Drake American Mother
David Gillies American Father
Daphne Korol Widow
Adriana O'Neil Agnes
Jeff Skinner Reverend
Craig Aftanas Old Sleepwalker

Producers

Editors

David Wharnsby

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