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Two by Peter Greenaway:
THE DRAUGHTMAN'S CONTRACT and A ZED AND TWO NOUGHTS!
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Two provocative early films from British master Peter Greenaway!
Filmmaker/writer/painter/curator/designer, the multi-talented Greenaway is perhaps best known for his succès de scandaleThe Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, among them Prospero's Books, The Pillow Book and 8½ Women.
"Still as disconcerting as it was back in 1982, this stylized portrait of lust, art, and murder most foul among England's aristocracy has retained all its capacity to mesmerise and disturb." -BBC
"Astonishingly elegant...extraordinarily detailed...mind-bendingly rich" -New York Times
"The Draughtsman's Contract is still the best introduction to Greenaway's work" -Senses of Cinema
"A tantalizing puzzle, wrapped in eroticism and presented with the utmost elegance. I have never seen a film quite like it." -Roger Ebert
"There's a fascinating madness behind Greenaway's methodical hermeticism and no shortage of true brilliance." -TimeOut Chicago
Peter Greenaway became a director of international renown with this witty, stylized, erotic country-house murder mystery. In an apparently idyllic 17th-century Wiltshire, an ambitious draughtsman is commissioned by an aristocrat's wife to produce twelve drawings of her husband's estate, in return for which he will receive payment, board and bed -- hers. Extravagant costumes, a twisted plot, elegantly barbed dialogue and a score by frequent Greenaway collaborator Michael Nyman make the film a treat for ear, eye and mind.
Directed by Peter Greeenaway, U.K., 1982, 35mm, 108 mins.
"[Greenaway] frames, colours and shoots with a top dollar precision. A film with all the cool, intellectual thrill of the Kasparov-Karpov game." -TimeOut NY
"Dense and difficult, Zed requires at least two viewings to scratch its surface; as with the rest of the director's work, the rewards are worth the effort." -TimeOut Chicago
"No movie has ever been less abashed by its mythic, scientific, aesthetic, and metaphysical concerns, here asserting their presence in every inch of the production design and every preposterous plot point." -Village Voice
Recommended! "The boldest and arguably the best of Peter Greenaway's fiction features...Sacha Vierny's cinematography makes it so luscious that you may find yourself mesmerized in spite of yourself." -Chicago Reader
"Do you think a zebra is a white animal with black stripes, or a black animal with white stripes?"
In Peter Greenaway's much-lauded follow-up to The Draughtsman's Contract, a car collides with a swan outside Rotterdam Zoo. Two women passengers die and the driver, Alma Bewick, has to have her leg amputated. Obsessed with the accident, the husbands of the dead women -- Siamese twins Oswald and Oliver -- embark on an affair with Alma and soon begin experimenting with the time-lapse aesthetics of decay. Full of surprises and magnificent conundrums, Greenaway's third feature is as perversely comic and teasing as it is shocking.
Directed by Peter Greenaway, U.K., 1985, 35mm, 87 mins.