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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary
Directed by Guy Maddin • 2002 • Canada
Starring Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni
Beautifully transposing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s interpretation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire yarn from stage to screen, Guy Maddin forges a sumptuous, erotically charged feast of dance, drama, and shadow. The black-and-white, blood-red-punctured DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY is one of Maddin’s most ravishingly stylized creations: a gothic dreamscape in which the story of the notorious Count and his bodice-ripped victims is laced with a feverish sexuality and set to the expressionistic strains of Gustav Mahler.