The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband’s restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but brutally uncompromising modern fable which has been interpreted as an allegory for Thatcherism. –IMDb
An avant-gardist who earned surprising access to the mainstream, Peter Greenaway is among the most ambitious and controversial filmmakers of his era. Trained as a painter and heavily influenced by theories of structural linguistics, ethnography, and philosophy, Greenaway’s films traversed often unprecedented ground, consistently exploring the boundaries of the medium by rejecting formal narrative structures in favor of awe-striking imagery, shifting meanings, and mercurial emotional tension; fascinated by formal symmetries and parallels, his material displayed an almost obsessive interest in list-making and cataloguing, earning equal notoriety for its provocative eroticism as well as its almost self-conscious pretentiousness. Born April 5, 1942, in Newport, Wales, Greenaway was raised primarily in nearby Chingford. After deciding at the age of 12 to become a painter, he entered the Walthamstow College of Art. By 1965, Greenaway had begun working as a film editor for the Central Office… read more
Note: The following review is republished (and slightly edited) from my blog, No More Popcorn.
Despite the fact that Netflix has a few issues they need to work out with their service (namely… read review
Peter Greenaway es un cineasta de imágenes y provocaciones. Recuerden su película Una zeta y dos ceros (A Zed & Two Noughts, 1986) con sus imágenes de putrefacción y sus reflexiones sobre lo efímero… read review
Hatred. Fear. Jealousy. Scorn. Anxiety.
The intellectual often feels these emotions when asked to be a participant of bourgeois society, for the shallow, commercial culture of the global order… read review