Commissioning the wildly iconoclastic and criminally neglected Guy Maddin to film the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula
might have seemed a strange move on the part of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. But it's easy to see why Maddin, who crafts highly stylized filmic artifacts that look and sound as if they've been moldering in the forgotten folds of film history for the past 75 years, would be attracted to the material. Maddin's TALES OF THE GIMLI HOSPITAL and ARCHANGEL both drew inspiration from nascent sound films, while CAREFUL paid homage to early color processing and the Teutonic mountain films of the early 1930s. This pro...