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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary back to product details

Definitely not "Van Helsing"
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written by talltale June 17, 2004 - 6:30 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY is no "Van Helsing." It's nothing like the Hammer horrors, either, and only slightly similar to the early Lugosi movies. It does have the look of a silent film (Director Maddin loves this sort of thing, doesn't he?). Part of me would like to trounce this twitty and precious piece of fluff. But damn it all, the thing kind of sticks with you. It's so sexual--in ways both obvious and not. And once you've experienced it, you'll probably agree that ballet is not a bad medium for the Count. Maddin overstates his case for Drac being "the other" (you know: immigrants from the east). That said, this relatively short (75-minute) movie is a strange and lingering treat.

Well it's ballet, isn't it?
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written by RHorsman May 27, 2004 - 12:00 PM PDT
5 out of 8 members found this review helpful
My problem with Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary may lie with the expectations I brought, not the project itself. I was expecting Guy Maddin's take on Dracula, and while there is some of that, essentially the film is Maddin's stylistic gloss on Mark Godden's adaptation and choreography. Godden's piece doesn't really bring much new to the oft told (even in ballet form) tale of Dracula and the choreography is not especially notable. Very much Guy-light in comparison to Careful or Twilight of the Ice Nymphs. If you're new to Maddin, watch one of those for your introduction instead.

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