The Green Fog
DIRECTOR: Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin, Galen Johnson WEIRD ELEPHANT SERIES
The Green Fog, created by filmmaker/cultural iconoclast Guy Maddin with co-directors Evan Johnson and Galen Johnson, with composer Jacob Garchik and Kronos Quartet, pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s spellbinding Vertigo. Inventive and invigorating, this “San Francisco Fantasia” is lauded by the New York Times as “a marvel of film scholarship.” It’s also a lot of fun. Maddin, working with his Forbidden Room collaborators, set himself the challenge to remake Vertigo without using footage from the Hitchcock classic, creating a “parallel-universe version,” in his words. Using Bay Area footage from a variety of sources—studio classics, ‘50s noir, experimental films, and ‘70s prime-time TV—and employing Maddin’s mastery of assemblage, the result exerts the inexorable pull of Hitchcock’s tale of erotic obsession while paying tribute to the city of San Francisco.
First and foremost, "The Green Fog" is a marvel of film scholarship that looks backward and forward from the Hitchcock masterpiece.Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
The work of a sensibility as impish as it is scholarly, animated by a mischievous sense of the medium's possibilities.Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times