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

Exhilarating.

Full Review… | March 16, 2005
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for The Heart of the World

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"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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