TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS (1997)
There has never been a filmmaker like Guy Maddin. Many hate his films, many love them. However one feels, there is no question that you will always remember them. His films don't fade easily from memory. His haunting vision of a soft focus, deliberately artificial world harkens back to the best works of German Expressionism. Maddin is not the only filmmaker doing this, but he is the only one using Expressionism as a way to assault the audience, challenging us to meet him where he is. It's not easy to do, to be sure, especially in a film like Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, where we don't even get the benefit of black and white photography to soften the visual blow. Here, Maddin shoots in bright, saturated color, creating an even more vivid living dream, daring us to try to figure it out (hint: we won't). This film, with insane performances by the likes of Shelley Duvall and Frank Gorshin, is unlike any movie I've ever seen.