Archangel (1990)

A genuine whatzit, this second feature by hermetic Canadian avant-gardist Guy Maddin comes in the guise of a scratched, faded, forgotten movie circa 1930, set in the eponymous Soviet city after World War I, but quite obviously shot on cardboard sets and more believably taking place in Maddin’s movie-crazed head bone. The cheapjack surrealisms and crazy non sequiturs are the joke, covered as they are in fake snow and subjected to the harshest winds fans can produce.

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