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Performing Arts History & Criticism

Into the Past

The Cinema of Guy Maddin

by (author) William Beard

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
May 2010
Category
History & Criticism
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781442641396
    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
    $109.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781442610668
    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
    $52.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442698482
    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
    $44.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442686939
    Publish Date
    Dec 2010
    List Price
    $102.00

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Description

Guy Maddin started making films in his back yard and on his kitchen table. Now his unique work, which relies heavily on such archaic means as black and white small-format cinematography and silent-film storytelling, premieres at major film festivals around the world and is avidly discussed in the critical press. Into the Past provides a complete and systematic critical commentary on each of Maddin's feature films and shorts, from his 1986 debut film The Dead Father through to his highly successful 2008 full-length 'docu-fantasia' My Winnipeg.

William Beard's extensive analysis of Maddin's narrative and aesthetic strategies, themes, influences, and underlying issues also examines the origins and production history of each film. Each of Maddin's projects and collaborations showcase his gradual evolution as a filmmaker and his singular development of narrative forms. Beard's close readings of these films illuminate, among other things, the profound ways in which Maddin's art is founded in the past - both in the cultural past, and in his personal memory.

About the author

William Beard is a professor and film studies program director in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.

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Editorial Reviews

'To use a culinary metaphor, Into the Past is a grand entrée on which the chef has expanded a deal of thought and time. In terms of Maddin's work, Beard is the master chef and Into the Past his pièce de résistance.'

Great Plains Quarterly, Spring 2011

Into the Past is an impressive in-depth look at all of the major works in the Maddin inventory and more than a glance at almost everything else Maddin has ever produced. This immaculate achievement comprises a close set of readings and analysis that could only have been driven by a scholar happily lost in the funhouse of the material.

Noreen Golfman, <em>Literary Review of Canada</em>

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