The Heart of the World (2001)

The Heart of the World


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This six-minute short from Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin is an ingenious pastiche of silent-film tropes in the service of what Maddin calls a "subliminal melodrama." Set in a dystopian future as imagined by a 1920s Soviet filmmaker, the movie is of a venerable genre -- a love story (in this case, a love triangle) played out against the backdrop of a catastrophic event. The hyperactive epic opens with an introduction to the characters: two brothers, Nikolai, a mortician, and Osip, an actor in a … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The Heart of the World

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The five-minute movie, which is only a fragment of the program, has the feel of a manic silent-film parody.

Full Review… | October 28, 2006
New York Times
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Maddin's brilliant, delirious short is a spot-on pastiche/parody of a silent Soviet propaganda epic, full of phallic symbols, visionary heroes and splendidly emphatic montage.

Full Review… | October 28, 2006
Time Out
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Conjures up a universe so vast and wacky that anyone can get lost in it.

Full Review… | March 16, 2005
Chicago Reader
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Bizarre experimental 6-minute short.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Further propelled by a suitably frantic Soviet orchestral score, the insane rush of scratched, jumpy images compels you to keep your eyes as wide as possible for the entire six minutes -- even though you couldn't dream of absorbing it all.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007


Full Review… | March 16, 2005
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for The Heart of the World


"State scientist" Anna studies "the heart of the world" and learns it is in desperate shape, all while trying to chose between suitors: brothers Osip (a mortician) and Nicolai (an actor playing Christ in a passion play), along with "dark horse" industrialist Akmatov. Director Guy Maddin pulls out all the stops in this dreamlike, hyperkinetic 6 minute tribute to silent films (especially Soviet Constructivist films such as AELITA, QUEEN OF MARS).

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