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Overall Rating
3.23

Awesome31.82%
Worth A Look: 13.64%
Average: 27.27%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 27.27%

3 reviews, 4 user ratings


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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary
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by Greg Muskewitz

"The concept holds for about five-minutes."
1 stars

Soporific adaptation from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” the movie is a 75-minute silent musical, predominantly in black-and-white, using two pieces by Gustav Mahler.

The execution is rather as simple as it sounds, a filmed ballet, but complicated by director Guy Maddin’s technological tinkering — everything from a changing colorless color scheme (the black-and-white will morph to blue, or green, or blue, or purple), to the touched-up addition of red for blood, haphazard and incessant editing, telescopic lens shots, etc. Relying on the stage performance alone, regardless of the short running-time, there is little interesting about watching Dracula, Lucy, or Nina, pirouetting and prancing within their milieu. As soon as Maddin begins playing around with the technical aspect (which remains a traceable link back to theatre: the scrims, the gels), the baggage begins to weigh down and subtract away the attention-to-detail of other pieces of the production (the film stock, the look of the performers, the cheapness that this looks of being made in).

[Not to be bothered with.]

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originally posted: 12/28/03 22:17:55
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User Comments

9/04/12 Violet Impressive mix. 4 stars
3/30/06 CalebX Amazing Gothic Cinematography 4 stars
3/30/06 Dethbyhashi Truely Beautiful and Gothic 4 stars
5/23/03 Jonatahn Truly unique and beautiful. Gorgeous cinematography. 5 stars
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  14-May-2003 (NR)
  DVD: 18-May-2004

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