our next film was chosen by
The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)
Dir.: Peter Greenaway
Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylised, erotic country house murder mystery. In an apparently idyllic 17th century Wiltshire, an ambitious draughtsman is commissioned by the wife of an aristocrat to produce twelve drawings of her husband’s estate and negotiates terms to include sexual favours from his employer.
But when a corpse is dragged from the moat, the draughtsman’s drawings may reveal more than he realised. Extravagant costumes, a twisting plot, elegantly barbed dialogue and a mesmerising score by Michael Nyman make the film a treat for ear, eye and mind.
Seems the the best (maybe only) option for this is on the BFI player which has a 14 day free trial. Otherwise, internet innit.
looking forward to revisiting this one though I doubt there’ll be a nice new HD scan of it. peter greenaway’s images + michael nyman’s music is one thing i can get a little bit brexit over.
Peter Greenaway? Remember I saw Prospero’s Books in the cinema. I think it was mostly baffling and I’m not sure why I went.
I did try to watch drowning by numbers once and it was… Dunno, hard to watch on TV with d breaks
this one is definitely his most accessible imho
Good choice, not seen this and liked the other Greenaway stuff I’ve seen so looking forward to it
I’d recommend anyone to not read the Wiki - was just having a browse over it and under the section ‘Themes’ it basically alludes to the outcome, so it’s a bit spoiled already
why would you read a wiki of a film you haven’t seen!
haha, nice choice db (still can’t believe you didn’t tell me what it was the other day!)
I hated the only other two Greenaway films I’ve seen (The Cook etc, Propsero’s Books) but I’ve been meaning to watch this and/or a Zed and Two Noughts for awhile.
i like the cook, etc. a lot but yeah prospero is one of the more insufferable ones. imo the best ones to start with are the cook etc and draughtsman and then drowning by numbers is a sort of gateway drug to the really difficult ones.
Michael Gambon pretty much single-handedly ruined the Cook for me, just found him immediately completely unbearable and then there was another 2 hours of him
stop editing my category
See its length and reception and cast usually
Love Greenaway. Watched the new one about Eisenstein recently
I’m so behind with film club.
Never seen a Greenaway film so I’ll be going into this will absolutely no preconceptions apart from the fact I normally hate period films… Will try not to let that prejudice my opinion
i have a feeling our next chooser will be doing so!!
This is one of my favourite ever films, but I have only ever watched it once and that was several years ago.
However I was in fact meaning to watch it again soon, so this has given me the impetus to do this.
Really looking forward to reading what everyone makes of this as there is always so much to pick apart and notice in his films. Greenaway is one of my favourite directors. Another great film of his that hasn’t been mentioned yet is Belly of an Architect.
haven’t seen that one i don’t think, will check it
Not until you start getting it right
how come you aint in these anyway? we could use a feminist film nerd perspective!!