The Green Fog is probably the most conjuring and delightful cinematic homage ever made to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. The director behind The Green Fog is the Canadian Guy Maddin, a household name at our festival and this is his most brilliant and funny film yet.
Maddin has, together with his collaborators Evan and Galen Johnson, made a wonderfully poetic and hazy collage that loosely follows the structure of Hitchcock’s masterpiece. The Green Fog is compiled of hundreds of passages from films and TV-series set in San Francisco.
Just like watching James Stewart or Kim Novak on the city’s steep streets or by the Golden Gate Bridge we get to watch Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Michael Douglas, Faye Dunaway or Chuck Norris (whose emotionless and expressionless face is the most amusing of all).
The film doesn’t seem to engage itself with much of dialogue. It’s also irrelevant whether you have visited San Francisco or seen Vertigo to enjoy it. The Green Fog is a surreal cavalcade made with great editing, where the link to Vertigo can be found in characters, locations or tiny details that are similar to Hitchcock’s classic.
This visual collage is accompanied with music by the famous Kronos Quartet. The Green Fog will be feature with a completely different type of Hitchcock homage, Accidence. Definitely worth a watch! (TM)
The Midnight Sun Film Festival has been showing the films of “The Winnipeg Weirdo” GUY MADDIN (b. 1956) since his fifth feature film Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002). In 2001 we also got to enjoy the brilliant short film The Heart of the World. Since then we have been indulged with other great films by Maddin: the melodramatic musical comedy The Saddest Music in the World (2003), his “autobiographical” fantasy melodrama Cowards Bend the Knee (2003), the art house silent-film Brand Upon the Brain (2006), and the superb documentary about his hometown My Winnipeg (2007). Maddin is one of the most unique Canadian directors whose inspiration can be seen through the silent-era and studio editing techniques of conveying everyday realism on the silver screen. Maddin’s visionary films find themselves to be made in the spirit of F.W. Murnau, Tourneur and Powell.