Brand upon the Brain! Brand upon the Brain!

Brand upon the Brain!

Guy Maddin

 
Brand upon the Brain! (Criterion DVD)

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1 Disc

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  • Canada
  • 2006
  • 99 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #440

In the weird and wonderful supercinematic world of Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin, personal memory collides with movie lore for a radical sensory overload. This eerie excursion into the Gothic recesses of Maddin’s mad, imaginary childhood is a silent, black-and-white comic science-fiction nightmare set in a lighthouse on grim Black Notch Island, where fictional protagonist Guy Maddin was raised by an ironfisted, puritanical mother. Originally mounted as a theatrical event (accompanied by live orchestra, Foley artists, and assorted narrators), Brand upon the Brain! is an irreverent, delirious trip into the mind of one of current cinema’s true eccentrics.

Cast

Grown-up Guy Maddin Erik Steffen Maahs
MotherGretchen Krich
Young Guy MaddinSullivan Brown
Savage Tom Andrew Loviska
NettieKellan Larson
SisMaya Lawson
FatherTodd Jefferson Moore
Murderous sistersMegan Murphy
Annette Toutonghi
Baby motherClara Grace Svenson
Chance Hale/Wendy HaleKatherine E. Scharhon
Young motherCathleen O’Malley
Old fatherClayton Corzatte
Old motherSusan Corzatte

Credits

DirectorGuy Maddin
ScreenplayGuy Maddin and George Toles
EditingJohn Gurdebeke
MusicJason Staczek
CinematographyBenjamin Kasulke
Narration written byLouis Negin
Production designTania Kupczak
Additional editingCheryll Hidalgo
Costume designerNina Moser
ProducerAmy E. Jacobson and Gregg Lachow

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Narration tracks by Isabella Rossellini, Laurie Anderson, John Ashbery, Guy Maddin, Louis Negin, and Eli Wallach
  • 97 Percent True, a new documentary featuring interviews with the director and his collaborators
  • Two new short films directed by Maddin exclusively for this release: It’s My Mother’s Birthday Today and Footsteps
  • Deleted scene
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Dennis Lim

    New cover by Jason Hardy

Film Essays

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Brand upon the Brain!: Out of the Past

By Dennis LimAugust 11, 2008

Every Guy Maddin movie creates the illusion of a secret history. His willfully primitive . . . Read more »

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Interviews

Gone to Pompidou: A Few Questions for Guy Maddin

October 16, 2009

Our favorite Manitoban, Guy Maddin, cheerfully grim chronicler of storybook psychosexuality . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Currentthumb_1198_010_thumbnail

Brand upon the Brain!: Out of the Past

By Dennis LimAugust 11, 2008

Every Guy Maddin movie creates the illusion of a secret history. His willfully primitive . . . Read more »