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The Heart of the World

The Heart of the World (2001)

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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

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

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

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: 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.

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

March 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Bizarre experimental 6-minute short.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Exhilarating.

March 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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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).
February 10, 2009
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