1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Remastered and repressed.
DVD release of the 1992 motion picture.
With grants from the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council.
Special features: new HD transfer, created from archival elements; new featurette audio commentary by Guy Maddin and screenwriter George Toles; "Waiting for twilight" (1997, 60 min.): a documentary by Noam Gonick on the early career of Maddin, narrated by Tom Waits; "Odilon Redon or The eye like a strange balloon mounts toward infinity (1995); Maddin's short film about the great French Symbolist painter; new notes by Maddin and J. Hoberman's original 1992 Village Voice review (in insert).
Director of photography, Guy Maddin ; editor, Guy Maddin ; music, John McCulloch.
The 19th century. In the remote Alpine village of Tolzbad, people talk quietly and restrain their movements lest avalanches come and kill them. This atmosphere lends itself to repressed emotions. Johann is a student lusting after his mother. She is an old flame of the mysterious Count Knotkers. Klara is attracted to her father. He lusts after his other daughter. This leads to duels and suicidal plunges galore. Sexual frenzies teem in this world of repression, setting off incestuous love triangles and quadrangles with deadly consequences.
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