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A weird and wild melodrama of obsessive love, Archangel is set in the northernmost tip of old Imperial Russia in the winter of 1919. The Great War has been over for three months, but no one has remembered to tell those who remain in the town of Archangel. Maddin’s stunning black and white cinematography and memorably stylized set design make this a film quite unlike any other.


“Shot in sumptuous black and white worthy of Josef von Sternberg and filled with slices of the surreal and the cruel, Winnipeg visionary Guy Maddin's second feature is a masterpiece: a wistful, luminous conflation of absurdity, high romance, heroic delusion and the Canadian colonial. Buster Keaton would approve. Bunuel, too.” - Tom McSorley, Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute

  • Year
    1990
  • Runtime
    80 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Guy Maddin