Standing at a pivotal point in his filmography, poised between his earlier, witty shorts and the unique pleasures of Peter Greenaway’s post-Draughtsman’s Contract oeuvre, The Falls is arguably the most significant film of his prolific career. Shot as a pseudo-documentary, this magnum opus dazzlingly details 92 case histories of people who have been affected by the VUE (Violent Unknown Event)—a mysterious, apocalyptic phenomenon related to birds, flying, and bizarre invented languages. –Zeitgeist Films
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
Pelicula o Video-arte?? tres horas y cuarto donde nos cuenta peuqños fragmentos de 92 personas cuyos apellidos empiezan con "fall" y que son victivas del SDV (suceso desconocido violento) y como lo dice es desconocido, solo sabemos que un un mundo futurista y dañado, donde 92 personas representan una muestra de un suceso que marco a la humanidad, no sabemos que fue,ni que hubo antes o despues, soio los vemos a ellos.
How marvelous that Greenaway spends three hours concocting and throwing away character traits that would later define American independent cinema. Obfuscating and creating at once. Every film ever called Quirky in the wake of Wes Anderson has been nothing but one of The Falls stretched to feature length and given much more credence than Greenaway thought necessary or interesting. He was the Violent Unknown Event.