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The Green Fog

USA 2017
produced by
Extra Large Productions
directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson
written by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, music by Jacob Garchik

review by
Mike Haberfelner

To describe this movie a synopsis probably wouldn't help at all, especially since the film is way too open for interpretations for it to work. But the story is that master filmmaker of the odd Guy Maddin and his present collaborators Evan and Galen Johnson were commissioned to make an hommage to San Francisco on film to close out the San Francisco International Film Festival, and upon starting to compile material for that movie (consisting entirely of movies and TV shows either shot in San Francisco or at least representing the city) they came up with the idea to base this stock footage extravaganza on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, probably the most recognized San Francisco film of all times - but there's only one shot of that movie in The Green Fog (allegedly, one doesn't even spot it unless one knows Vertigo like the back of one's hand), the rest is pretty much a hodge podge of films from all walks of the quality spectrum and all decades from the late silent era up to the 1990s, including recognized classics like The Lady of Shanghai and The Birds as well as TV favourites like The Streets of San Francisco and Hotel, more contemporary flashy fare like Basic Instinct and Final Analysis (in itself an hommage to Vertigo), as well as several Chuck Norris starrers and oddities like Confessions of an Opium Eater, with the added attraction that (apart from the finale) almost all the dialogue is cut out of the snippets used, resulting in often jerky and yet strangely fitting editing.


The result of this way of making a found footage movie is ... well, very odd, to say the least, but Maddin and the Johnsons never forget to entertain at least that part of the audience that's not just weirdened out by their approach and throw many winks to film fans and just general people who want to have fun into the thing. Basically, not for everyone probably, but weird fun for those who are into the odd side of things - which goes with most of Guy Maddin's films of course!


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