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I think the key thing to understanding Guy Maddin (says the guy who has seen two Guy Maddin movies) is thinking about how 90% of all pre-1929 films are believed lost forever.

If you think of the silent era as an iceberg it's easy to start obsessing over everything under the surface of the water, imagining what kind of bizarre and fascinating creatures live there. Watching a Guy Maddin movie is like taking a submarine down there.

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