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      Twilight of the Ice Nymphs

      Released Oct 24, 1997 1 hr. 31 min. Fantasy List
      67% 9 Reviews Tomatometer 60% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score An ostrich farmer (Shelley Duvall) pines for a bad man, who manipulates two other women but loves a magic statue of Venus. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member a surrealistic trip or fractured fairy tale like the films of Fellini or luis Bunnel Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member An ecstatic dream journey. Campy, pure hearted, genius. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Wanted to like this but it just drags way too much and ends in a very meh way. Visually it's interesting but but very shallow plot, and Guy Maddin would make much better films later on although it shows his start of changing his style more and more into a more faux-silent film style. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Twilight of the Ice Nymphs is an interesting visual and narrative concept that is unfortunately derailed by atrocious voice acting, which is due in part to the bad attempt at a modern Shakespearean fantasy. The actors involved play sincerely enough but can only do so much with a story that haphazardly meanders from philosophical concept to concept without moving the story forward in any sort of meaningful or dramatic manner. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review walter m "Triumph of the Ice Nymphs" starts with Peter(Nigel Whitmey) returning home after four years in prison. So, it's no surprise that a mysterious beautiful woman(Pascale Bussieres) asks him to steal back some jewelry for her before disappearing into the night. On the home front, his sister Amelia(Shelley Duvall) runs an ostrich farm which Cain Ball(Frank Gorshin) hopes to one day take over. But first there is Dr. Solti(R. H. Thomson) she is curious about. On the one hand, "Twilight of the Ice Nymphs" differs from a lot of Guy Maddin's other films in that it is less a pastiche this time, more an original world that did remind me a little of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In fact, this might be his only film in full color. But that is not to say it is not as daft as anything else he has concocted.(Any movie with ostriches playing a prominent role is bound to be at least a little off kilter.) On the island where the movie is set, time does not flow naturally, as it seems to move in a circular motion, allowing elements of the supernatural to seep in. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Crazy color, crazy detailed set. This is what draws your attention in. The acting is absolutely horrid however. But it is entertaining to watch solely because the acting is so horrendous. Also, Shelly Duvall is creepy/funny/ and kind of endearing in this film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader The line between romance and sex is blurred in this enthralling 1997 feature by Guy Maddin, whose overwhelming stylization unexpectedly produces an emotional and psychological authenticity. May 8, 2007 Full Review Wally Hammond Time Out Finally pretty tedious. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 25, 2003 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View It's an Aubrey Beardsley painting come to life by way of Maddin's unique rhythms, rich textures and surreal stories... Dec 21, 2010 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 25, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews I found it to be a pretentious drag, but its redeeming quality was that it was so novel. Rated: C Jul 14, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis An ostrich farmer (Shelley Duvall) pines for a bad man, who manipulates two other women but loves a magic statue of Venus.
      Director
      Guy Maddin
      Executive Producer
      Derek Mazur, Charlotte Mickie
      Screenwriter
      Knut Hamsun, George Toles
      Distributor
      Zeitgeist Films
      Production Co
      Marble Island Pictures
      Genre
      Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 24, 1997, Original
      Sound Mix
      Ultra-Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm