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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary
dir. Guy Maddin / Canada 2001 / 73’
subtitles: Polish and English
retrospective: Guy Maddin

Cast

Zhang Wei-Qiang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni, CindyMarie Small, Johnny Wright, Brent Neale

Film description

Maddin's encounter with the 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, which had been an inspiration for F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror, 1922), W. Herzog (Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night, 1979) or F. F. Coppola (Dracula, 1992) turned out to be an extraordinary adventure.

Maddin decided to make a film adaptation of a the Royal Winnipeg Ballet performance. The classical choreography for Gustav Mahler's music was created by Mark Godden. Film critics were enchanted by the film: An elaborate, self-conscious but arresting take on the Dracula myth (Guardian), By the end, you'll wonder why all films aren't made this way (Time Out), A production that is as sexually charged as it is beautifully designed (Film Threat).

The role of Count Dracula was entrusted to Zhang Wei-Qiang, a beautiful dancer, whose Asian looks stress the xenophobic meaning of Stoker's novel. Dracula, as interpreted by Maddin, seems above all a story of a man's jealousy. This film speaks about a man's fear of an alien who would come and spoil a woman's blood, of a man he keeps comparing himself to, of a man he wants to expel from her thoughts and dreams. It also touches on the fear of otherness of women - especially of women's sexuality. Dracula is a personification of an object of jealousy which changes men into monsters.

Agata Rosochacka

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There will be a special screening of Guy Maddin's Brand Upon the Brain! attended by the director himself, with a performance by foley artists, narrator Gosia Dobrowolska and an orchestra.

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