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The Laughing Academy
A Life of Noisy Desperation
Nautical Mayhem and Canadian Melodrama 
5th-Mar-2004 03:35 pm
Steeplechase
Still going over the first pass of the daredevils-versus-giant-prehistoric-shark book. Ai-yi-yi. Thank god for sweet vermouth.

In more cheerful news, last night I got to see Guy Maddin’s newest film, The Saddest Music in the World. It stars Mark McKinney as an expatriate Canadian turned smarmy, down on his luck Broadway producer; Maria de Medeiros as his tapeworm-infested, nymphomaniac, and possibly amnesiac lover and leading lady; and Isabella Rossellini as the legless Winnipeg brewery owner who sponsors a contest to find the titular tune. The movie—shot mostly in black-and-white, with the opening credits and a few keys scenes in startling color—is unabashedly histronic, totally unhinged, and a hell of a lot of fun.
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