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 Passion Play, both of whom are in love with Anna, a state scientist. Anna's conundrum… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The five-minute movie, which is only a fragment of the program, has the feel of a manic silent-film parody."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Bizarre experimental 6-minute short."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Conjures up a universe so vast and wacky that anyone can get lost in it."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Exhilarating."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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