directed by Guy Maddin
Canada 1992


Guy Maddin’s dizzily delirious 1992 film, Careful, has been called a pro-repression fable, a masterpiece of deadpan comic timing, a period piece evoking a time and place that never existed, and a Ricola ad gone horribly, horribly wrong.1 Utterly unique and yet evocative of myriad influences, Careful is a truly bizarre concoction created from the plundered relics of cinematic history and the dark attics of dreams.

Enslaved by suffocating taboo and the constant threat of avalanche, the citizens of the mountain village of Tolzbad lead hushed, wary lives. So zealous is their chariness that even the vocal chords of the animals are surgically snipped to avert potential calamity. A dog barks furiously, and yet all one can hear is the unsettling clacking of teeth. Honking geese are shot out of the sky with silently firing rifles. Rambunctious children are gagged and bound to chairs to thwart the dire consequences of their reverberating outbursts. Fragile glassware trembles and tinkles upon shuddering cupboard shelves, as though perpetually teetering on the brink of some terrible catastrophe.

Excerpt from Richard Malloy's non-graphic DVDBeaver review located HERE

Theatrical Release: 1992

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DVD Review: Kino on Video / Zeitgeist - Region 0 - NTSC

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Kino on Video / Zeitgeist

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 100 min

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.38 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino on Video / Zeitgeist

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Waiting for Twilight: A 60 min documentary about Guy Maddin and his work
• Feature Audio Commentary by Guy Maddin and writer George Toles

DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
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Comments "Careful" finds Maddin during his two-trip Technicolor mode. As with other Guy Maddin films on DVD, the image is rather grainy and soft. This of course is part of Maddin's unique style. Colors look wonderful and are used to great effect. The audio is on par with other Maddin DVD releases and features a fair amount of hiss and imperfections as intended.
The audio commentary is slightly better than on other releases and maintains an interesting thread throughout the feature's running time.

The included hour long documentary is worth the price of the DVD alone. It integrates footage from Maddin on the set of "Twilight of the Ice Nymphs" with interview and film clips spanning his career up to that point. It really is great to see the career of a rather obscure director getting so much quality coverage.

[This DVD (as well as every other Maddin film on DVD that I own) exhibits a form of ghosting that I cannot explain. It doesn't make sense that it would be the result of a PAL>NTSC conversion because these films are not available anywhere else in the world. Also, they all originate from within North America. It may be the result of Maddin using various film stocks, such as Super8 and 16mm, although I am not positive that this is a valid explanation]

This DVD is highly recommended.
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 - Mark Balson


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