- Contains two feature films (Archangel and Twilight of the Ice Nymphs) and one short (The Heart of the World)
- Two filmmakers' audio commentaries
- Original production design collages
- Original storyboards drawn by Guy Maddin
- Behind-the-scenes footage
The Guy Maddin Collection: (Twilight of the Ice Nymphs / The Heart of the World / Archangel)
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Three phantasmagoric films on one DVD by the Canadian cult master! TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS is the most elaborate and surreal fantasia from the master of all things libidinal. Starring Shelley Duvall, Frank Gorshin, and Alice Krige (STAR TREK's Borg Queen), this tale of lusty delirium and unrequited love is set in the mystical land of Mandragora, a supremely sensual dream world which pulses with ethereal, vibrating colors and bizarre flourishes of art direction. ARCHANGEL is set in the Northernmost tip of old Imperial Russia in the winter of 1919. The Great War has been over for three months, but no one has remembered to tell those who remain in the town of Archangel. A weird and wild melodrama of obsessive love with stunning black-and-white cinematography and memorably stylized set design. Commissioned for the 25th Anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival, Maddins acclaimed, award-winning short THE HEART OF THE WORLD is a brilliant, breathless parody of silent Soviet propaganda films.
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"Heart of the World" is a masterpiece and no one seems to dispute that. First time I managed to get a copy I watched it about twelve times in one evening. You'll never get the musical soundtrack out of your head. Go, Guy!
I had the pleasure of first seeing "Archangel" during its theatrical release. This is a film that's magical on the big screen. Standout moments (and there are many in this movie) like the bunnies in the battle trenches consistently reach the realm of the sublime. The scratchy, artificially aged soundtrack gives this film a hypnotic quality, perfect for such a dreamlike creation. Another wonderful Maddin product that gets better and better with time.
Just a thought: In a world where every creative decision seems to be made by lawyers, marketing drones, stockholders, Harvard MBAs, and a guy named Eisner, or, conversely, angry art-school types on illegal substances (and their fellow-travelers), Guy Maddin, along with the Brothers Quay, Pixar, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) and a handful of others are the keepers of the flame right now.
Guy has a book of film writings, journalism, and his journals out. It's wonderful. Get it.
I was completely entrhalled by the whole shebang.The black an white ,the 1930's feel of the film itself,slightly scratchy,jumpy an sorta Little Rascals air to the music competition.
So now to Twilight..I needed more Guy Maddin so I ordered up this DVD.Although not quite as enthusiastic about Twilight I found Maddins take on human relations very true.The dream like sets an the spiritual angst/wonder/weirdness really works for me.Despite the trappings of his particular take on life I found the characters reactions an motives for the most part convincing.For me a good story well told is far superior to any special effects that a lot of film today gives us.Guy to me is a superior story teller. Nuff Said
If you're a little more adventurous in your movie choices, this is something worth your while to pick up as you get a good introduction to a great filmmaker.
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