Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary Reviews

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November 25, 2003
It will no doubt leave ballet fans somewhat nonplussed, but this evocative danse macabre is an unusually insightful addition to the Count's long list of cinematic appearances.
October 27, 2003
In a year in which so many movies have (pun intended) sucked, Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary stands even higher as a triumph of artistry and entertainment.
October 23, 2003
Much more about the hows (and maybe the whys) than it is about the whats.
October 9, 2003
A diversion that only makes you wish you could have seen Royal Winnipeg's original ballet.
August 31, 2003
It's far and away the most original symphony of terror since F.W. Murnau raised hackles and Schrecks with his 1922 Nosferatu.
August 22, 2003
Amusing as it is strange, Maddin's movie lingers in consciousness as a one-of-a-kind affair that emanates from a truly creative consciousness.
August 8, 2003
A misguided attempt to make an arty silent film.
August 8, 2003
Maddin turns an old, dusty classic into something grippingly new.
July 16, 2003
Maddin's work testifies to the notion that the past knows more than the present and that silent cinema is a richer, dreamier, sexier, and more resonant medium than what we're accustomed to seeing in the multiplexes.
July 16, 2003
July 10, 2003
The latest example of Maddin's alchemy, not his best, but still a picture that aficionados of classic film -- and classic Dracula -- should eagerly seek out.
July 8, 2003
It's sexy, brainy and slightly nuts.
July 4, 2003
An appreciation for ballet certainly will help in appreciating `Virgin's Diary.' A soft spot for the likes of `Blade' decidedly won't.
July 4, 2003
The film is poetic and erotic, creepy and melodramatic, overwrought and sometimes mocking, as if F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) had a long-lost musical version.
June 27, 2003
Degree of difficulty: off the charts. Level of achievement: ditto.
June 26, 2003
The most inventive vampire picture of the last 80 years.
June 13, 2003
Maddin takes cinema to its outer limits without stranding you there in a vacuum of heady esoterica.
June 10, 2003
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Maddin have combined their creativity in a package that will entertain those who love movement and those who can't get enough of the Stoker legend.
June 6, 2003
Maddin is an image-maker first and a storyteller second, and most of the fun in watching Dracula is sharing the high he feels in building such giddy, gauzy atmosphere.
June 6, 2003
Maddin has created a filmic environment in which dance makes perfect sense and the absence of spoken text is irrelevant.
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