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DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN'S DIARY, April 19

46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Saturday, April 19, 2003
9:15 a.m. DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY
Guy Maddin Canada, 2002

The latest delirious spectacle from Guy Maddin (Careful, The Heart of the World) is a highly idiosyncratic yet oddly faithful version of Bram Stoker's tale, performed by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and set to a swelling Mahler score. This Dracula brings the techniques and mannerisms of silent film back from the grave; combining the aesthetics of the turn of the last century with the attitudes of this one, Maddin has concocted a film that is both gleefully campy and earnestly beautiful, magically making the luminous distortions of digital video suggest the textures of the earliest cinema.

—Juliet Clark

• Written by Maddin, Mark Godden. Photographed by Paul Suderman. With Zhang Wei-Qiang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni, Cindy Marie Small. (75 mins)