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Archangel is a courageous if not altogether successful attempt to emulate the styles and techniques of silent films within a talking-picture framework. Kyle McCulloch plays a crippled British officer, who during World War 1 takes up residence in the Russian town of Archangel. Here he falls in love with a woman who is the living image of his deceased lover. This arouses the jealousy of McCulloch's landlord's wife, who covets the soldier for herself. While it is obvious that director Guy Maddin has put a great deal of love and effort into this project, it is liable to confuse anyone not… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What comes across is a fascinating fetishist delirium, where memories of remote war movies get recycled into something that's alternately creepy and beautiful."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"... a surreal silent movie melodrama of love, war, and amnesia for the sound era: an absurdist silent WWI epic that never was."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Confused? No matter; so are the characters in this absurdist melodrama."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Inspired absurdist melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"From its flickering, inky cinematography to its wavering late 1920's-style sound track, to Veronkha's kohl-eyed vampish look, the movie is an expert parody of a period movie style."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"At once perplexing and joyous, Maddin has crafted a film that, for all the confusion inherent in the tale, unfolds on its own unique (and rather tedious) terms."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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