Guy Maddin's DraculaFilm of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Posted 18 May 2003 - 03:11 PM
Has anyone seen it? If so what did you think?
I've no experience with any of Maddin's films though I've read about them.
I understand the filming of the ballet dancers is not always exactly what one might hope for in the sense of seeing them at their ballet dancing best...but I'm interested in hearing people's reviews.
Posted 22 May 2003 - 02:58 PM
Posted 22 May 2003 - 04:09 PM
I'd better aim for The Film Forum, ASAP!
Posted 22 May 2003 - 07:48 PM
Posted 23 May 2003 - 07:30 AM
I found the concept of ballet being related to silent film and the use of black and white photography...with hand painted splashes of red for, well, you know...and green and gold for money to be rather intriquing, myself.
And then there is the thought that this film just might entice the uninitiated into attending a real, live, ballet performance or two.
Posted 23 May 2003 - 08:50 AM
Posted 23 May 2003 - 12:45 PM
Posted 23 May 2003 - 06:37 PM
The local reviewer wrote that the real stars are not the dancers, but the constantly moving cameras.
Posted 12 June 2003 - 09:45 AM
Posted 13 June 2003 - 03:58 AM
Posted 30 November 2004 - 04:01 PM
In this telling, and I’m simplifying hugely, Van Helsing and Lucy’s suitors are the true villains, willing to kill Lucy (Tara Birtwhistle, terrific) and Mina (Cindy Marie Small) in order to save them. Dracula (Zhang Wei-Qiang) is a surprisingly youthful, sympathetic vampire. The first half of the movie, ending with the demise of Lucy, is the best – dance and drama fall off after that, until the finale. If Maddin and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet are anything to go by, Winnipeg is in fine shape, culturally speaking.
Actually, BW, Maddin's entire oeuvre is a cult classic. However, name actors are now appearing in his movies, so I have hopes that one day he will exercise a broader appeal.
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