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The Green Fog

October 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema presents…

The Green Fog
Directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, with
Original score by Jacob Garchik as performed by the Kronos Quartet on the soundtrack.
(USA/Canada; 62 min., 2017)


Comprised entirely of appropriated footage, The Green Fog offers, per filmmaker Guy Maddin, a “parallel-universe version” of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, cinema’s oneiric Rosetta Stone and a film which, when out of official circulation and only shown in stealth screenings, was referred to, secret-code like, as “the San Francisco Film.”

Maddin & Co’s dizzingly associative collage combines clips of the San Franciso Bay area, exhumed from across all hierarchies of “movies” — Hollywood studio classics; ‘50s Noir; alt-subcinema; experimental work (is that George Kuchar?); and 70s prime time television — to cohere as an illuminating shadow conversation alive with detectives succumbing to scopic desires; bodies falling downward; an ongoing index of Vertiginous objects (rooftops; flower shop flowers; gravestones, etc.); goofballery; and pathos, cinephilic & discounted.

“You might come for the clips, but you leave with your brain on fire.” – Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice.

“A marvel of film scholarship” — New York Times

To be introduced by Isaac Brooks, of the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres and the Provincetown International Film Festival

Also to screen:
Manuelle Labor
(Marie Losier, with Guy Maddin, 16mm & Super8 on DVD, B&W, silent, 10min., 2007)
Two sisters, five brothers, a doctor and two nurses and the miraculous birth of a pair of hands…but whose hands? “Marie, that shot of the hands coming out o’ your womb is a dilly!!! What an honour to be born of you! Your, son, Guy” (Guy Maddin)


Co-Presenter: Milwaukee Underground Film Festival

Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema is a free series unspooling on most Tuesdays throughout the semester that shares contemporary and canonical experimental media. Presented by the UWM Union Cinema and the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres.

Free and open to all!


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