Sissy Boy Slap Party (1995)
This four minute short is exactly what it sounds like. A barrage of shots of men taking turns slapping each other and whimpering in a homo-erotic fashion while intercutting between another man slapping a drum.
Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon Mounts Toward Infinity (1995)
Although I have no idea what this film actually means, I admire the stylistic imagery and incredible attention to sound design despite only one line of dialogue being used. There is a great scene in which Maddin recreates the Odilon Redon sketch of the same title pictured below:
Odilon Redon. To Edgar Poe: The Eye Balloon (The Eye, Like a Strange Balloon, Mounts Towards Infinity). 1878.
The Dead Father (1986)
Maddin's first film takes on the look of a flawed 1950s b-film and explores a son's struggle to cope with the death of his father who keeps returning from the dead in a partially living state.
Hospital Fragment (1999)
A brief experimental montage of images that serve as a compliment to his earlier film Tales From the Gimli Hospital.