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2005-03-10 - 10:16 a.m.

Thanks to my pal Tom, I now own a copy of Guy Maddin's Careful (1992), which I watched last night.

Careful is astonishing. If you've seen The Saddest Music in the World then you've already been immersed in Maddin's aesthetic, but the earlier film, more primitive and probably done on a much lower budget, is even more gripping.

Like David Lynch, Maddin's films operate under perfect dream laws...they make sense according to their own internal logic and they are scarily beautiful to look at, all soft-focus, stagey silent-movie antics and saturated hues amd glossy lips.

Netflix has it on back order, and Blockbuster carries it.

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