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A riot of two-strip Technicolor and "lost" film fragments erupts in The Forbidden Room with subplots including doomed submariners fighting to survive, a woodsman coming to a damsel's rescue, a volcano's dream and more that coalesce into a hallucinatory evocation of that moment when silent film coexisted with nascent sound. Guy Maddin's most ambitious work yet is a fever dream of his obsession with melodrama and early cinema, gorgeously and humorously rendered.
Subtitle: 58th SF International Film Festival
Running time: 131 min.
Director(s): Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
Producer(s): David Christensen, Phoebe Greenberg, Phyllis Laing, Guy Maddin, Penny Mancuso
Writer(s): Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk
Cinematographer(s): Stephanie Weber Biron, Benjamin Kasulke
Editor(s): John Gurdebeke
Music: Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin, Jason Staczek
With: Roy Dupuis, Geraldine Chaplin, Udo Kier
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