Thursday, February 11, 2016

Critic's Pick: Online Movie of the Week!

Steven Rea's On Movies Online introduces a new best-film-on-the-Web feature, with eccentric Canadian director Guy Maddin's beautiful piece of Winnipeg whimsy, "Night Mayor."

Critic's Pick: Online Movie of the Week!


Introducing a new weekly feature on my On Movies Online blog: a pick of one of the best new films to be found on the Web. Herewith:

Guy Maddin, the retro surrealist filmmaker from the far side of the 49th parallel (he’s Canadian), has a beautiful new black-and-white fantasy piece of Winnipeg whimsy up and running on the National Film Board of Canada’s website. The short is called “Night Mayor,” and it purports to be about – and to be narrated by – one Nahid Ademi, a Bosnian who emigrated to Canada in the 1930s and who somehow harnessed the power of the Aurora Borealis, converting its energy into television signals and broadcasting images across the land. (In fact, the fictitious Ademi is played by the real Ademi, a Winnipeg photographer and Maddin pal.)
Gorgeous, goofy, funny, harmonic, “Night Mayor” is another oddball gem from Maddin, the director of such radiant fare as Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988), Careful (1992)and The Saddest Music In the World (2003, with Isabella Rossellini).
This is Maddin’s quip about the new online venue for his film, from an NFB press release: “I thought `Night Mayor’ could unspool luminously and infinitely in its own enchanted, and frequently visited, corner of cyberspace. Now, if only I could get my films on radio and Telex I'd really be set!”
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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