Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary
Maddin found the big budget filmmaking experience of Twilight of the Ice Nymphs a difficult compromise on many creative levels.
After the worldwide success of his exhilarating short, The Heart of the World, he had renewed vigour to return to an entirely silent cinema model for his next feature.
Commissioned for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the director embarked on a television version of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's acclaimed production of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Working with dancers provided Maddin with an exceptional challenge of staging. He commented that "I needed to open up Dracula because when a ballerina needs to tell a boy ballet dancer that she loves him she needs about the space of a football field worth of dance floor to say it".
The resulting film is a sensual, political and expressionistic reworking of the tale. Forgoing complicated sets, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary is a fluid and deeply romantic experience where the camera becomes an extension of the dancers' graceful rendering of the outsider, the immigrant, repressed sexuality and animal abandon.
Sombra Dolorosa Guy Maddin, 7 mins, Canada, 2004, Betacam SP, Source/Courtesy: Winnipeg Film Group
A widow, a dead husband, a grieving daughter and a Mexican wrestling match that must be won before the solar eclipse! Starring Dracula actress, Cindy Marie Small.