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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This silent, black and white film, adapted from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's interpretation of Bram Stoker's DRACULA, is Guy Maddin's dramatic masterpiece. It is an atmospheric, gothic work full of dance and eroticism, accompanied by Gustav Mahler's music. Clearly a modern film that has been styled to mimic the earliest works of cinema, DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY is grainy and its light is often distorted. It uses large, emphatic title cards that introduce the characters, give loose plot structure, and serve as ironically comic punctuation to the action. There are sound effects that bring reality to some of the more gruesome vampire-hunting sequences. And there are moments of color--for instance, when blood is crudely drawn from the arm of the victim's fiance into a large antique tube, or when Dracula tosses his bright green dollar bills into the air. The film is divided into two chapters dedicated to Dracula's two victims. In the opening sequences, Lucy (Tara Birtwhistle), a pale vampy creature clad in a white gown, flirts with three suitors, but abandons all of them to welcome the elegant and seductive Dracula (Zhang Wei-Quang) into her arms late at night. After Lucy has passed, the focus turns to a more virginal, demure victim: Nina (CindyMarie Small). Pursuing the demon are a group of forthright men bearing stakes, garlic, crosses, and other tools of the trade. With DRACULA, Madden has created a truly inspired work that successfully combines ballet, film, and horror.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Z1051

  • Credits
    Zhang Wei-Qiang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni, CindyMarie Small, Johnny Wright, Stephane Leonard, Matthew Johnson, Keir Knight, Brent Neale, Stephanie Ballard
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Voluptuous, whimsical and exceedingly strange....DRACULA is a compelling expressionistic work..."
    New York Times

    "...[DRACULA] ranks among the more eccentric wonders of the new-movie world....It's sexy, brainy and slightly nuts..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The film is poetic and erotic..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...A seamless marriage of medium and content. Maddin has created a filmic environment in which dance makes perfect sense and the absence of spoken text is irrelevant..."
    Box Office

    "[I]njected with such florid life and vigour that it sweeps you off your feet. Irresistible."
    Total Film

    "Beautiful, erotic and provocative."
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