The green fog
The Green Fog, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson & Galen Johnson, USA, 2017, 63'
Portrait-tribute to the city of San Francisco through the editing of hundreds of fragments of films shot in this city: from the most well-known to pure B-series.
It all starts with Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock. The green fog in this ghostly masterpiece takes over the screen and starts a seemingly endless torrent of images, will tribute to the history of film, from the canonical to pure pop (watch out for the hilarious appearances of Justin Timberlake and Chuck Norris). The results is one of those montage films built with fragments of other films (what is called 'found footage'). A few months ago our cinema screened another classic from this genre: Los Angeles Plays Itself (2004) by American filmmaker Thom Andersen. Now we swap the city of avenues and palm trees of Hollywood for the green and red bay of San Francisco. This is pure cinephile fantasy, hilarious comedy, a film of rhymes and relationships, a visual torrent that sweeps the spectator away and does not let them escape. As the directors say in the presentation of the film: “Sit down and let the emulsions, the pixels and the dust of cinephile taxidermy cover your eyes!".