The Heart of the World (2001)
Critic Reviews for The Heart of the World
The five-minute movie, which is only a fragment of the program, has the feel of a manic silent-film parody.
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.
Conjures up a universe so vast and wacky that anyone can get lost in it.
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.
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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