Welcome to the very first episode of the Errata podcast, an audio program of movie chit-chat. This first episode features a conversation with filmmaker Guy Maddin about his new silent film, Brand Upon the Brain!, which is being presented in various cities this summer as a live extravaganza, with an orchestra, foley artists, a soloing castrato, and a different celebrity interlocutor at each stop.
In case you'd like to read more about the films and figures mentioned in this episode, we've assembled a convenient list of...
• Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
• Cowards Bend the Knee (2003)
• The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
• Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2002)
• Tales From Gimli Hospital (1988)
• My Dad is 100 Years Old (2005)
• Sombra Dolorosa (2004)
• Sparklehorse It's a Wonderful Life (2002) [via Sparklehorse]
• The Heart of the World (2000)
• BBB: Banning Barbara and Beauty (incomplete)
• From the Atelier Tovar: Selected Writings of Guy Maddin
• Footlight Parade (with Jimmy Cagney)
• My Last Sigh (Luis Bunuel's autobiography)
• Joan Chen
• Isabella Rossellini
• Geraldine Chaplin
• Lou Reed
• P.T. Barnum
• Baz Luhrman
• Gustav Mahler
• The Hoax (with Richard Gere)
• Scott Rudin
• The Queen
• Wes Anderson
• P.T. Anderson
• Nacho Libre
• Blood Money (with Frances Dee)
• Day of Wrath (Carl Dreyer)
• Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini)
• Jackson Pollack
• The Hairy Ape (with William Bendix, based on Eugene O'Neill)
• Douglas Sirk
• The Patsy (Jerry Lewis, with Peter Lorre)
• The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis)
• Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette)
• The Brothers Quay
• Vertigo (with Kim Novak)
• Citidel (Atom Egoyan)
• Maddin on Blue Velvet (David Lynch)
• The Elephant Man (David Lynch)
Nicely done, Rob! I'd given up all hope on the oft-mentioned podcast coming to life. Very cool.
Yeah, I've been moving at a snail's pace on this site for a couple of, uh, years, but I'm still determined. Thanks for checking it out!
Great interview, Rob. And an excellent listenning quality.
I also find it very useful to add in written form the references (and complementary links) from the audio. This way it can be found by search engines. And the listener can have the correct spelling handy, which is usually a pain to figure sometimes in audio feeds (multiple possible spellings or incomplete references by the interviewee). Great job.
I hope there will be more of them.
Thanks, Harry. There are indeed more episodes in the queue.
Nice work, Rob. You're quick on your feet and free of all nerves. I'd have turned into a basketcase, put in a spot like that, but you're a natural at it.
I look forward to future episodes.
Thanks, Girish, but I have a feeling you'd be more calm in an interview than I am. I'm a bundle of nerves.
I agree with Girish, you sound very confident on mic. You should consider doing a talk show online. Seriously. There isn't enough of that.
That's only because I edited out the nervous laughter.
Finally found myself with the time at an appropriate computer to sit down and listen to this (and your other recent podcast). Great conversations, both. I especially loved hearing Maddin describe his evolving shooting style.
Thanks, Brian. A choice quote from Maddin: "Quite often, I don't even look through the camera. I find that I get-- by forcing accidents to happen-- I have far better luck. You get a lower batting average on images, but a higher slugging percentage."
(By the way, sorry about the hiccups that happened while you were posting your comments. Dreamhost is not so dreamy this evening. I think I've sorted things out, but let me know if you see any errors.)