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Film: Archangel
Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 3:00pm
Guy Maddin's fascinating, impenetrable film "Archangel" is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the sort of drama produced in Hollywood in the twilight zone between silent and talking pictures, when sound tracks were scratchy, the dialogue minimal and titles between scenes offered portentous commentary. Set in the city of Archangel in the Russian Arctic at the intersection of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution, it tells the interlocking stories of Lieut. John Boles (Kyle McCulloch), a one-legged Canadian soldier, and Philbin (Ari Cohen), a Belgian aviator, both of whom suffer memory disorders brought on by mustard gas. Boles is still in love with his wife, Iris, who is dead. When he meets Veronkha (Kathy Marykuca), a Russian nurse who resembles her and who also has amnesiac tendencies, he believes he has found Iris. Veronkha is married to Philbin, who has no clear memory of being married. Amid this confusion, she marries Boles, too. Other characters include Boles's landlady, Danchuk (Sarah Neville), her obese husband, Jannings (Michael Gottli), and their son, Geza (David Falkenberg). The ludicrous story of "Archangel," matters much less than the archaic style in which it is told. From its flickering, inky cinematography to its wavering late 1920's-style sound track, to Veronkha's kohl-eyed vampish look, the movie is an expert parody of a period movie style. The deadpan tone is interrupted by moments of pure lunacy. In one scene, White Russian soldiers asleep in their trenches are invaded by rabbits. In another, Geza, who has had a stroke, is successfully treated by vigorous rubbings with a horse brush. When Jannings is knifed in the stomach by a Bolshevik soldier, he strangles his attacker with chains of link sausage that pop out of his belly.

--New York Times

What: Archangel (1991 Guy Maddin)
Format: 35mm Film
Runtime: 90 mins
When: August 1st & 2nd at 7 and 9:30 pm, August 3rd @ 3 pm
Where: 5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
Admission: Free for PSU Students, Faculty and Staff with ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission

For more information:
PSU Film Committee
film@pdx.edu
503-725-3551
http://www.fifthavenuecinema.groups.pdx.edu