Frequently referred to as “the Canadian David Lynch,” Winnipeg-born filmmaker Guy Maddin’s surreal, dreamlike works are often cited for their striking visuals and obscure sensibilities. Maddin’s father was a prominent hockey coach and manager, and his mother the proprietor of a local beauty shop, and both of his parents’ careers had a profound effect on the young filmmaker. Whether watching the teams practice at Winnipeg Arena or playing with his friends at his mother’s salon, Maddin’s unique take on everyday eccentricities was fueled by numerous unforgettable childhood experiences. Two of these, in particular, were a piggyback ride from Bing Crosby and the advancement of a common cold into an intense neurological disorder that resulted in strange physical sensations; these experiences gave the imaginative youngster an acute and unique view of the world. Childhood memories and stories passed on by his parents have frequently found their way into Maddin’s unique films as well, with the… read more
Beautiful hybrid of ballet, bram stoker, beautiful cinematography and the usual bag of tricks of director Guy Maddin. No matter how familiar one is with the source material one has to admirer the sheer artistry of all involved in this novel take. Kudos to the talented dancing cast (royal winnipeg ballet) and dp Suderman. Maddin's slient cinema influenced influctuations well suited to the genre. Excellent.
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary is a sumptuous caccophony of talent. The filiming angles are brilliant, the dancers are unequalled, and the scenery and costumes are divine. This trifecta makes for a once in a lifetime opportunity in viewing this film, for every time you watch it, something different takes the lead. I highly recommend this film for anyone who appreciates art.