Directed by Peter Greenaway
France/Netherlands/UK 1989, color, 120 min.
With Michel Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard
Greenaway's grisly, color-coded fugue built on themes of gluttony, adultery, fashion, art, and retaliation makes this his most deliciously nefarious venture. The film's blend of violence, eroticism, melancholia, and satire recalls a classic Jacobean revenge play, but the look is pure Rembrandt meets Gaultier. The film may be read as political commentary on Thatcher's Britain, visual commentary on the intersection of artistic practices in painting, architecture, and design, or as social commentary on the very status of the human soul in barbarous times.
Added by Night Owl City on November 19, 2005