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George Toles, Screenwriter and Film Scholar, visiting MSU February 5-6


The MSU Film Studies program is happy to welcome screenwriter and film scholar George Toles to campus for two special events on February 5th and 6th.  Professor Toles is Professor of English and the chair of Film Studies at the University of Manitoba. Perhaps best known for longstanding artistic collaborations with Winnipeg auteur Guy Maddin, George Toles co-wrote the screenplays for a number of Maddin's most celebrated features, including Keyhole (2011), Brand Upon the Brain (2006), Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997), Careful (1992), and The Saddest Music in the World (2004). He also wrote the original story and co-wrote the screenplay for Neil Burns' Edison and Leo (2008), Canada's first feature-length stop-animation film.  In addition to his creative work, Professor Toles is the author of A House Made of Light—Essays on the Arts of Film. Currently, he is completing a book on the films of Paul Thomas Anderson. 

Thursday, February 5th | 8pm | B122 Wells Hall

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Introduction by screenwriter George Toles, with a Q & A and discussion to following the screening.

A Special Film Collective Event: 

An extravagant example of acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin's already-superabundant style, and his brilliant reanimation of obsolete cinematic idioms, The Saddest Music in the World (2003) is a Depresson-era epic about a legless Winnipeg beer baron (Isabella Rosellinni), who sponsors a contest to locate the titular "saddest music" as a publicity stunt to promote her brew in the waning days of Prohibition. A weird and wonderful film, Saddest Music will be introduced by special guest George Toles, who co-wrote the screenplay with Guy Maddin, based on an original screenplay by Booker-Prize winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. One of Maddin's closest collaborators, George Toles—who co-scripted a number of Maddin's most celebrated films—will participate in a Q-and-A and discussion following the film.

If you are sad, and like beer, this is your film!

Friday, February 6th | 3-5pm | B342 Wells Hall
George Toles, "The Sledgehammer of Eros: PUNCH DRUNK LOVE"

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From a book project Toles is writing on the films of Paul Thomas Anderson.