• 电影名称 Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters

  • 中文名称 心灵烙码
  •  类型  喜剧 / 奇幻
  •  国家  美国 / 加拿大
  •  语言  英语
  •  时长  1 hr 35 min (95 min)
  • 上映时间 24 September 2008 (France)
I caught this yesterday at the NYFF and have to say that I think itsMaddin's best since The Heart of the World. According to the Q&A he didafter the screening and other info I read about the film in otherplaces, he was given about five weeks to write the film (along withGeorge Toles) and shot it in ...
This is an undeniably powerful film, for all its unorthodoxy; but theonly word I could really find to describe it, again and again, was"bizarre". Bizarre to such a degree that, in the demented world shownhere, even the most impossible and incredible occurrences can beaccepted and taken for granted a...
'Brand Upon the Brain' is the perfect example of the kind of intriguingart-film still taking place in remote sects around the world. The kindof film that will go unnoticed by the majority of the film-making andfilm-going world. The film is heavily stylized and all the moreengaging for it. The cinema...
First of all, I have to say: finally! I was almost positive that I wasgoing to have to wait for DVD for this one, and God knows how long thatwas going to take. Secondly, I have to speak my only criticism of thefilm up front: the live show experiment might have been something trulyawesome. I'll never...
Make no mistake about it, Canada's Guy Maddin is an enigma. We'retalking about somebody who's main inspiration seems to be old Sovietnewsreels (the Kino Pravda series,to be exact,by Dziga Vertov,thefather of the newsreel). Watching 'Brand Upon The Brain' was very muchlike watching an old Kino Pravda...
Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin's ecstatically perverse jaunt intochildhood's protracted gestation period is a hypnotic murk-fest filledto the brim with Sturm und Drang neo-psychedelia. Guy (Erik SteffenMaahs) returns to his childhood homestead, a lighthouse to restore itwith two coats of paint f...
With the exception of a few brief seemingly random shots, Brand Uponthe Brain! is shot (or made to appear in post-production to be shot) ingrainy black and white. The look is reminiscent of David Lynch'sEraserhead, a classic that may have been an influence, though the styleis quite different. Maddin...
This is one of those films that's more interesting to watch from anacademic perspective than from an entertainment perspective. I do myratings based on how much I enjoyed or was entertained by the movie, soI'm giving it a 4. If I were to rate it as an academic film, though, itwould get a 10.It is sh...
Here's the problem: Maddin is an impressive filmmaker. He is importantand has made at least two films that are important to me. But he is not a very interesting person. So when he applies his masteryto making a personal film - a film essentially about his dreams anddemons, it turns into something of...
Brand Upon the Brain! is Guy Maddin's 2nd film in an autobiographicaltrilogy, which started with "Cowards Bend the Knee" (2003) and endedwith "My Winnipeg" (2007).I have been a fan of Maddin for a long time and absolutely loved TheSaddest Music in the World (2003) but Brand Upon the Brain! is by far...
This newer Guy Maddin project tries admirably to be progressive andinventive, but ultimately falls into the oldest movie pitfall of all --that of dullness. Viewers hoping to revisit the brilliance Maddinshowed in "The Saddest Music in the World" will probably bedisappointed, as the story and charact...
A gorgeous mix of distressed super-8mm visuals, and with the supremelive accompaniment, superbly crisp sound effects which evoke everythingfrom summers past to cracking vertebrae...I was fortunate enough to seeMme. Isabelle Rosallini perform her interdiction with gusto,particularly Mum's screams. Th...
For the second and probably last time in Toronto, Maddin's newest,silent narrative is given the full treatment - with narrator, adultmale soprano, orchestra and foley artists - at the Elgin, and let metell you, this is a far, far better use for that space than "The Who'sTommy" or "Steppin' Out", the...
Hi Bill--Hope you're enduring the snowstorms! Anyway--last night Iwatched the Guy Madden film on DVD--BRAND UPON THE BRAIN--I thinkthat's the title. I imagine you've seen it, since it's his most famousfilm and it's been screened in NYC at festivals, etc. It's now part ofthe "Criterion Collection"--m...
Writer and Director Guy Maddin's interesting homage to silent films. Itis about a man named Guy who returns to his childhood home on anabandoned island and asked to paint a lighthouse by his aging mother.As a child Guy was subject to his bizarre parents secret lives runningthe orphanage he grew up i...
I have to admit, as much as I've loved Guy Maddin's work that I've seenup to now, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite so enjoyablefrom him as this. His work can always be considered, in a sense,Freudian (but beyond the obvious it shows he has a sense of humor aboutit), but here he mixes in s...
Highly stylized, B & W, faux silent film, with voice-over narration byIsabella Rossellini, about a house painter, played by Maddin, beckonedback to his lighthouse home by his dying mother, prompting flashbacksback to when the lighthouse was an orphanage ruled over by his cruelmother. In toto, a grot...
I stopped the DVD after an hour when it became repetitive. Before that,it was an interesting but weird movie. It's filmed as a silent moviewith the characters dressed in the robes and hair styles of the early1900's. Nobody talks but you do have a narrator who told you what ishappening and words writ...
An autobiographical rampage through film history, crime novels, and themysteries of the flesh, Guy Maddins new film is said to bear manyresemblances to his own experiences during his childhood. At leastthat's what Mr. Maddin was telling us unsuspecting victims before thescreening commenced. If that ...
Nice to have to films recently that really connected with me.This one seems to have found a bypass straight to my subconscious inparts. Perhaps due to the flickering quality, of the retro silentshooting? The black and white hip and hypnagogic approach. I really didfind myself on that threshold of aw...
I really had no idea how I would react to this movie. I am fully awareof what Guy Maddin is capable of and that his films are anything butordinary. My one fear coming into this movie was that the story wasn'tgoing to be good enough to really grab hold of me. Within the first 10or 15 minutes I was ho...
I didn't manage to see this until the last day (it played but a weekhere in little Burlington VT, no surprise) and I was the sole patron atthe showing, but it was worth it, and seeing a film alone in a theaterseems fitting when we're talking about Maddin, whose films arecertainly the definition of p...
It's easy to make a film that is extremely personal to a filmmaker, orhas some real level of autobiography going on. And, as a result,there's a crop of personal films out there that just are not very good,because a filmmaker will confuse their factual lives and interestingcinema as one and the same ...
I had the unique opportunity to see one of the few theatricalscreenings of this film featuring live musical accompaniment, a foleycrew, a live narrator (whose narration was, if I recall correctly,quite different to Rosselini's narration in the TV version used here inCanada), and a male soprano. It w...
I had recognized Guy Maddin with his short movie. I had watched it onmy friend's suggestion, and I liked Maddin very much. After that, I wasobsessed with Maddin. Maddin's unaccustomed editing and imaginativefilm language affected me. Maddin's last movie, "Brand Upon theBrain!", had a successful affe...
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