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In the original script, Boles' false leg was lost before he arrives at the cottage in Archangel, and the leg was to be replaced by a harpoon. The harpoon would then be thrown at the life-size statue of the Holy Virgin (outside the cottage), piercing its eye. None of this made it into the final film, though the large "One-Eyed Virgin" statue does appear. See more »
This movie was really awful. I am all for art cinema and low budget films, but this was ridiculous - horrible narrative, below cheesy acting even for the sardonic/corny effect it seemed to be attempting. Granted Maddin does achieve some success in his dream-like sequences, but everything else was awful. The last person's comment was that this is "probably Maddin's best." If this is true, then he may well be a horrendous filmmaker. Deserves Bottom 100 consideration.
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