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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)

Not Rated | | Horror , Musical | 12 December 2003 (UK)
A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula", stylized as an Expressionistic silent film.

Director:

Guy Maddin

Writers:

Bram Stoker (novel), Mark Godden (ballet Dracula)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wei-Qiang Zhang Wei-Qiang Zhang ... Dracula (as Zhang Wei-Qiang)
Tara Birtwhistle Tara Birtwhistle ... Lucy Westernra
David Moroni David Moroni ... Dr. Van Helsing
CindyMarie Small ... Mina
Johnny A. Wright Johnny A. Wright ... Jonathon Harker (as Johnny Wright)
Stephane Leonard Stephane Leonard ... Arthur Holmwood
Matthew Johnson Matthew Johnson ... Jack Seward
Keir Knight Keir Knight ... Quincy Morris
Brent Neale Brent Neale ... Renfield
Stephanie Ballard Stephanie Ballard ... Mrs. Westernra
Sarah Murphy-Dyson Sarah Murphy-Dyson ... Vampiress / Nun / Maid
Carrie Broda Carrie Broda ... Maid / Nun
Gail Stefanek Gail Stefanek ... Maid / Vampiress
Janet Sartore Janet Sartore ... Maid / Nun
Jennifer Welsman Jennifer Welsman ... Gargoyle / Nun
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Storyline

A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's gothic novel DRACULA, presented in a style reminiscent of the silent expressionistic cinema of the early 20th Century. This work employs the subtle and sometimes bold use of color to emphasize its themes, but mainly is presented in black-and-white, or tinted in monochrome. No spoken dialogue can be heard, and the story of a sinister but intriguing immigrant who preys upon young English women unfolds through dance, pantomime and subtitles. Written by mikhail080@cs.com

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Genres:

Horror | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Zeitgeist Films

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula, pages tirées du journal d'une vierge See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,784, 18 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,077
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Symphony #2 (excerpts)
By Gustav Mahler
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Strikingly fresh yet familiar
14 December 2004 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

I have been looking forward to this Canadian film ever since I saw Maddin's "The Saddest Music in the World" this summer. I finally found it for rent and was not disappointed. It is supposed to be a movie version of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula." That sounds like something one should avoid at all costs. With Guy Maddin at the helm, it turns out it is a crazily perfect postmodern take on a classic, with a bit of ballet thrown in--and the ballet works! Maddin draws from countless styles and forms from cinema past (it is pretty much silent, and almost all black and white), and pieces them together to make an utterly gorgeous and often witty film. The actual plot adheres to Bram Stoker's novel more so than most movie versions I've seen, with a few clever twists thrown in. It is obvious which parts of the story Maddin adores and finds most intriguing. He devotes around 40 minutes to Lucy's story, and then zips right through Harker's in a couple minutes. Recommended to anyone interested in seeing a horror film that seems radically new yet oddly familiar. My Rating 9/10


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