The Heart of the World
The Heart of the World (2001)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 23, 2001
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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The five-minute movie, which is only a fragment of the program, has the feel of a manic silent-film parody.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bizarre experimental 6-minute short.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Conjures up a universe so vast and wacky that anyone can get lost in it.

MaryAnn Johanson
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