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10 Movies About Movies For the Release of Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole'

By Austin Dale, Steve Greene, Peter Knegt, Eric Kohn, and Nigel M. Smith | Indiewire April 6, 2012 at 10:41AM

10 Movies About Movies For the Release of Guy Maddin's 'Keyhole'
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Guy Maddin's surreal black-and-white noir "Keyhole" hits theaters today with the same grand pastiche we've come to expect from the Canadian director over the years. As Indiewire explored in a piece earlier this week, Maddin's movies aren't simply filled with random weirdness, but rather inspired by countless movies from the silent era and beyond. In honor of Maddin's persistent ability to deal with cinema in his own works, we offer this list of some of our favorite movies about movies. 
"Keyhole"
"Keyhole"
Guy Maddin's surreal black-and-white noir "Keyhole" hits theaters today with the same grand pastiche we've come to expect from the Canadian director over the years.
 
As Indiewire explored in a piece earlier this week, Maddin's movies aren't simply filled with random weirdness, but rather inspired by countless movies from the silent era and beyond.
 
In honor of Maddin's persistent ability to deal with cinema in his own works, we offer this chronological list of some of our favorite movies about movies. 
 
"8 1/2" (1963)
 
"8 1/2" (1963)
 
The ultimate paean to filmmaking as a personal act, Federico Fellini's seminal work about self-obsessed Italian director memorably portrayed by Marcello Mastroianni makes the best possible case for why no creative work is devoid of autobiographical qualities. As one sifts through the lead character's fantasies as well as his increasingly reflexive sci-fi project, it becomes blatantly obvious that "8 1/2" is about nothing less than Fellini himself, not to mention every neurotic filmmaker in history. [Eric Kohn]
The ultimate paean to filmmaking as a personal act, Federico Fellini's seminal work about self-obsessed Italian director memorably portrayed by Marcello Mastroianni makes the best possible case for why no creative work is devoid of autobiographical qualities. As one sifts through the lead character's fantasies as well as his increasingly reflexive sci-fi project, it becomes blatantly obvious that "8 1/2" is about nothing less than Fellini himself, not to mention every neurotic filmmaker in history. [Eric Kohn]
 





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