Screening of “The Saddest Music in the World”, Mar. 8

March 7, 2016

In anticipation of Guy Maddin’s visit on Thursday, March 10th, our Comparative Media Studies graduate students of will be holding a screening of Maddin’s 2003 film, The Saddest Music in the World, on the evening of Tuesday March 8th. The film, set in Depression-era Winnipeg and shot in a combination of 8mm film and Technicolor that evokes the time, centers on a competition held by the glass-legged baroness Helen Port-Huntley (Isabella Rossellini) to devise the world’s saddest song–a complex gambit to promote her beer company as Prohibition comes to a close in the United States. The screening will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 8th, in the third-floor atrium of the MIT Media Lab. It will run 1 hour and 40 minutes. Contact Lilia Kilburn,, with any questions.

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