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Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 24, 1997
DVD Release Date
 R1: May 25, 2004

Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country Canada

Studio Alliance Atlantis Communications, Marble Island Pictures

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• Twilight of the Ice Nymphs



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Genre: Fantasy, Surreal, Fantasy, Doctor, Mistaken Identity, Love

Plot: A political prisoner is returning to his Mandragoran home when he embarks on a passionate affair with a young woman. Upon reaching Mandragora, a dreamlike world within the film, this prodigal son witnesses passion become madness from an ostrich farmer (Shelley Duvall), a fisherman's widow (Alice Krige), a mesmerist (R.H. Thomson), and handyman Cain Ball (Frank Gorshin) who soon has a nail driven through his head. The prisoner's desire grows greater for the beauty he met on his travels, as he approaches this state of mad love that plagues Mandragora.

Love, myth, and homicidal madness mix in this twisted creation from the fertile mind of Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin (CAREFUL). The narrative is part PETER PAN, part David Lynch. The dialogue is purposefully archaic (Maddin has employed the technique of having his dialogue translated into a rare Norweigan tongue only to have it translated back into English to obtain a certain stilted style of speaking). Yet Maddin's films are all his own with their expressionistic look, mythical dreamscapes, and campy humor.

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 Directed by
Guy Maddin
The Saddest Music in the World, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary, Careful
 Written by
George Toles
Archangel, The Brand Upon the Brain!, Careful
 Cast
Shelley Duvall
The Shining, Annie Hall, Time Bandits
Frank Gorshin
Batman, The Meteor Man, That Darn Cat!
Alice Krige
Star Trek: First Contact, Silent Hill, Reign of Fire
R.H. Thomson
Vision Quest, Bone Daddy, An American Christmas Carol
Ross McMillan
The Saddest Music in the World, Careful, Haunting Sarah
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 Music By
John McCulloch
Careful, The Cat Came Back



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