The Green Fog is eccentric Canadian artist Guy Maddin’s latest madcap experiment: a quasi-narrative pastiche that pays tribute to Hitchcock’s Vertigo while writing a general love letter to San Francisco. It’s comprised of a dizzying assemblage of images sourced from around 100 films and television shows, both familiar and unknown, all set in the Bay area. From this trove of found material, Maddin creates a cinematic fantasy that pulls the viewer in and never lets go. The result is what Maddin calls a "parallel-universe version" of Vertigo, where dialogue scenes play out in surreally silent gestures — and a delightful cinematic mash-up bursting with the filmmaking great’s irrepressible sense of humour.
A single-shot Möbius strip music video tribute to Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
To Luce Vigo, with love...a fragment of adaptation of Jean Vigo's unrealised Les Lignes de la Main.
“The film is a brilliant exercise in meta-narrative, which raises questions galore about reality and representation, time and space, genre and gender, individual and urban identity, cinematic suture and casting. Mainly though, it’s just very, very fun.”