Zeitgeist Films | Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary
Guy Maddin
Film Info
2002
75 mins
Tinted B&W
Canada
Silent with English intertitles
35mm
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: Not Rated
Synopsis

After garnering widespread acclaim with his mini-masterpiece THE HEART OF THE WORLD, Canadian cult auteur Guy Maddin has concocted his most ravishingly stylized cinematic creation to date. Beautifully transposing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s interpretation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire yarn from stage to screen, Maddin has forged a sumptuous, erotically charged feast of dance, drama and shadow. The black-and-white, blood-red-punctured DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY is a Gothic grand guignol of the notorious Count and his bodice-ripped victims, fringed with the expressionistic strains of Gustav Mahler. Bruce Diones in The New Yorker declared that “Maddin has discovered a new kind of cinema, the welding of silent-film technique, avant-garde imagery, and 21st century technology....Victorian sexuality and melodrama are brought together in a shadowy world of expressionistic images and an athletic, almost rabid, choreography.”