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December 27, 2005


Judy Gombita

I think film buffs know Gimli, Manitoba thanks to auteur Guy Maddin's Tales from the Gimli Hospital....

Eric Eggertson

That's true, Judy. I'm not sure the Chamber of Commerce knew what to make of Guy's use and abuse of local lore in his film, but it helped put Gimli on the map for film afficionados around the world.

Judy Gombita

Well, in general there's a lot of people who can't make head or tails of Guy Maddin's films. (I remember the commercial screening of The Saddest Music in the World, where the sound of seats banging up occured steadily for about the first half hour. It appeared to be mainly 60 plus folks leaving...there was a lot of muttering about, "What the heck the critics saw in this piece of garbage.")

I don't know if you've seen his 1992 film, Careful, but I was thinking that it was a good analogy for the current election, particularly in regards to the Liberal Party. :-)

Readers may be interested to know that Guy Maddin's family had the cottage down the road from Eric's family, so Eric knows the eccentric genius first-hand.

None of which has anything to do with the Gimli plane crash (which, quite frankly, I don't recall hearing about before). It's just that Gimli and Maddin are intertwined in my mind.

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