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A Tragedy of the Great War
An amnesiac soldier, seeking his lost love, arrives in Archangel in northern Russia to help the townsfolk in their fight against the Bolsheviks, all quite unaware that the Great War ended three months ago. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Michael Gottli ... Jannings
David Falkenburg ... Geza
Michael O'Sullivan ... Doctor
Margaret Anne MacLeod ... Baba

Ari Cohen ... Philbin
Sarah Neville ... Danchuk
Kathy Marykuca ... Veronkha
Kyle McCulloch ... Lt. John Boles
Victor Cowie ... Sea Captain
Ihor Procak ... Monk
Robert Lougheed ... Kaiser Wilhelm II
Stephen Snyder ... Stage Kaiser Wilhelm II (as Snyder)
Michael Powell ... Red Cross Nurse
Sam Toles ... Young Philbin
Lloyd Weinberg ... Priest
Graham Bicq ... Baby (as Graham Blicq)

Brent Neale ... Lustful Youth / Allied Soldier
Caroline Bonner ... Lustful Youth
Cheryl Falkenberg ... Child
Alyssa Szöke ... Child (as Allyssa Soke)
Heather Neale ... Child
David Neale ... Child
Jilian Maddin ... Child
John Harvie ... Worshipper
Shannon Garry ... Worshipper
Donna Szöke ... Worshipper / Home Woman
Jay Ashmore ... Worshipper / Allied Soldier
Kate Bromley ... Worshipper
Bruce Duggan ... Worshipper
Ron Eyolfson ... Worshipper
Ida Eyolfson ... Worshipper
Bernice Peterson ... Worshipper
Herdis Maddin ... Worshipper
Mark Yuill ... Worshipper
Kurt Moritz ... Hun
Mitch Funk ... Hun
Hans Ter Horst ... Hun
Rick Match ... Hun
Greg Klymkiw ... Hun
David Isherwood ... Hun
Neil Lawrie ... Hun
Robert Nixon ... Hun (as Bob Nixon)
Masha Geller ... Home Woman
Therese Brabant ... Home Woman / Russian Soldier (as Thérèse Brabant)
Tiffany Taylor ... Home Woman
Jim Keller ... Russian Soldier
Karen Harvich ... Russian Soldier (as Karen Harvitch)
Kei Ng ... Russian Soldier
Gene Walz ... Russian Soldier
Chris Johnson ... Russian Soldier
Danielle Boilly ... Russian Soldier
Elise Nelson ... Russian Soldier
Bif Naked ... Russian Soldier (as Biff Tolbert)
Tracy Traeger ... Russian Soldier

Angela Heck ... Russian Soldier
Nicola Guttormson ... Russian Soldier
Joe Burgess ... Bolshevik
Brad Linden ... Bolshevik
Mark Pomrenke ... Bolshevik
Dean Naday ... Bolshevik
Wayne Watson ... Bolshevik
Vince Rimmer ... Bolshevik
Renji Panicker ... Allied Soldier (as Ranj Pannikar)
Carl Matheson ... Allied Soldier
Ian Handford ... Allied Soldier
Hirsch Binder ... Allied Soldier (as Hirsh Binder)
Don Hewak ... Allied Soldier
Jeff Solylo ... Allied Soldier
Steve Sandiford ... Allied Soldier
Danny Gunn ... Allied Soldier
David Cowie ... Allied Soldier

Directed by
Guy Maddin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John B. Harvie  story suggestion
Guy Maddin  screenplay
George Toles  screenplay

Produced by
Andre Bennett .... executive producer
Greg Klymkiw .... producer
Tracy Traeger .... associate producer
Tracy Traeger .... line producer
Cinematography by
Guy Maddin 
Film Editing by
Guy Maddin 
Production Design by
Dennis W. Smith 
Art Direction by
Guy Maddin 
Jeff Solylo 
Costume Design by
Donna Szöke 
Makeup Department
Bill Sciak .... barber (uncredited)
Production Management
Andre Bennett .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Deanne Rohde .... assistant director
Art Department
Joe Burgess .... carpenter
Larry Clark .... carpenter
Wes Crealock .... carpenter
Shirley Macklin .... set dresser
Michael Powell .... props
Michael Powell .... set dresser
Deanne Rohde .... props
Dean Smallwood .... carpenter
Murray Toews .... set dresser
Craig Walls .... carpenter
Sound Department
Russ Dyck .... adr editor
Guy Maddin .... sound
Clive Perry .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Collins .... titles photographer
Pierre Naday .... lighting technician
Terry Reimer .... lighting technician
Jerry Turchyn .... camera operator (as Gerry Turchyn)
Animation Department
Patrick Lowe .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marion Degraves .... seamstress (as Marion DeGraves)
Heidi Kroeger .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Therese Brabant .... assistant editor (as Thérèse Brabant)
Dawna Dobbs .... negative cutter
Other crew
Ed Baran .... publicist
Alex Dobrowolski .... legal services
Phyllis Laing .... accountant
Hans Ter Horst .... production assistant
Tracy Traeger .... accountant
Jason Werbics .... production trainee
Ron Wilson .... insurance
Graham Asmundson .... special thanks
Michelle Bischoff .... special thanks
Gigi Boyd .... special thanks
Jacqueline Brodie .... special thanks
Alan Conter .... special thanks
Martin Delisle .... special thanks
Bruce Duggan .... special thanks
Bill Grey .... special thanks
Dennis Jakob .... special thanks
Pauline Kijek .... special thanks
Madeleine Lamont .... special thanks
Jean Lefebvre .... special thanks
Don Martin .... special thanks
Chris Mondor .... special thanks
Clive Perry .... special thanks
Francoyse Picard .... special thanks
Jimmy Silden .... special thanks

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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 »
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Lt. John Boles:Goodbye Iris.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Love and loss set against the horror of World War I., 13 September 1998
Author: Robert Beaton ( from Montreal, Canada

During the First World War, a Canadian soldier, devastated by the recent death of his fiancee, arrives at the frozen Russian city of Archangel. While billeted with a local family, he is astonished to discover a woman that may or may not be the lover he thought lost. Unfortunately, she is suffering from amnesia and remembers nothing of their former passion. A rival suitor, claiming to be her husband and who may also be suffering from amnesia, is equally unsuccessful at winning her affection. The melancholy story plays itself out against the madness of the Great War.

Filming entirely indoors with homemade props and costumes, director Guy Maddin has created a very strange and intense movie. Cribbing heavily from the look and atmosphere of German expressionist cinema, Maddin goes much further in exploring some very human issues: loss, love, memory and redemption. He also examines patriotism and by stylistically depicting the horrors of trench warfare he delivers a pacifist message that reminds me of movies like Grande Illusion and All Quiet on the Western Front. The ultimate power of this movie, however, lies in the sense of alienation we see among the characters. They are not only unable to love each other, they are barely able to communicate. In fact, under the cloud of forgetfulness that is a major theme in this movie, the characters are often not even capable of recognizing one another at all!

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