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8 ½ Women
Year: 1999
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Rating: (5.9)
Country: UK / Netherlands / Luxembourg / Germany
Runtime: 118 min.
Director: Peter Greenaway
Studio: Delux Productions
Cast: John Standing / Matthew Delamere / Vivian Wu / Annie Shizuka Inoh / Barbara Sarafian / Toni Collette / Amanda Plummer / Natacha Amal / Polly Walker / Elizabeth Berrington / Don Warrington / Claire Johnston / Kirina Mano / Manna Fujiwara / Myriam Muller
Plot:
After his wife dies, fifty-five-year-old businessman Philip Emmenthal (Sir John Standing), at the prompting of his playboy son Storey (Matthew Delamere), populates his Geneva villa with eight and a half concubines. Three are from Kyoto, Japan, where Storey manages Pachinco palaces. Each has a distinctive personality: a nun, a child bearer, a gambler, a student of Kabuki, a horsewoman with a pet pig, and a maid. Philip throws off his strait-laced and repressed attitudes, immersing himself in pleasure. After about a year, the women begin to assert their own power. Side adventures pre-figure the household's break-up, and the women depart in one way or another, one at at time. Philip's fate is in the hands of Palmira (Polly Walker), his favorite.
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Drowning by Numbers
Year: 1988
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Rating: (7.3)
Country: UK / Netherlands
Runtime: 118 min.
Director: Peter Greenaway
Studio: Film Four International
Cast: Joan Plowright / Juliet Stevenson / Joely Richardson / Bernard Hill / Jason Edwards / Bryan Pringle / Trevor Cooper / David Morrissey / John Rogan / Paul Mooney / Jane Gurnett / Kenny Ireland / Michael Percival / Joanna Dickens / Janine Duvitski
Plot:
Tired of her husband's philandering ways, the mother of two daughters drowns her husband. With the reluctant help of the local coroner, the murder is covered up. Her daughters are having similar problems with relationships, and tend to follow their mother's example, and the coroner becomes reluctantly involved in their murders as well. As the plot progresses, visual and spoken numbers appear in the scenes, counting from one to 100.
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Prospero's Books
Year: 1991
Genre: Drama / Fantasy
Rating: (6.9)
Country: UK / Netherlands / France / Italy / Japan
Runtime: 124 min.
Director: Peter Greenaway
Studio: Caméra One
Cast: John Gielgud / Michel Blanc / Erland Josephson / Isabelle Pasco / Tom Bell / Kenneth Cranham / Mark Rylance / Gerard Thoolen / Pierre Bokma / Michael Clark / Jim van der Woude / Michiel Romeyn / Orpheo / Paul Russell / James Thierrée
Plot:
An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The Tempest'.
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The Belly of an Architect
Year: 1987
Genre: Drama
Rating: (7)
Country: UK / Italy
Runtime: 119 min.
Director: Peter Greenaway
Studio: Sacis
Cast: Brian Dennehy / Chloe Webb / Lambert Wilson / Sergio Fantoni / Stefania Casini / Marino Masé / Marne Maitland / Claudio Spadaro / Vanni Corbellini / Alfredo Varelli / Geoffrey Copleston / Francesco Carnelutti / Rate Furlan / Julian Jenkins / Enrica Maria Scrivano
Plot:
An American architect arrives in Italy, supervising an exhibition for a French architect, Boullée, who is famous for his oval structures. Through the course of 9 months he becomes obsessed with his belly, suffers severe stomach pains, loses his wife, exhibition, his unborn child and finally his own life.
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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Year: 1989
Genre: Crime / Drama
Rating: (7.6)
Country: Netherlands / UK / France
Runtime: 124 min.
Director: Peter Greenaway
Studio: Elsevira
Cast: Richard Bohringer / Michael Gambon / Helen Mirren / Alan Howard / Tim Roth / Ciarán Hinds / Ewan Stewart / Roger Ashton-Griffiths / Ron Cook / Liz Smith / Emer Gillespie / Gary Olsen / Janet Henfrey / Arnie Breeveld / Tony Alleff
Plot:
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.
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The Draughtsman's Contract
Year: 1984
Genre: Comedy / Drama / History / Mystery
Rating: (7.3)
Country: UK
Runtime: 108 min.
Director: Peter Greenaway
Studio: British Film Institute
Cast: Anthony Higgins / Janet Suzman / Anne-Louise Lambert / Hugh Fraser / David Gant / Nicholas Amer / Suzan Crowley / Lynda La Plante / Michael Feast / Alastair G. Cumming / Neil Cunningham / Dave Hill / David Meyer / Tony Meyer / Steve Ubels
Plot:
Mr. Neville, a cocksure young artist, is contracted by Mrs. Herbert, the wife of a wealthy landowner, to produce a set of twelve drawings of her husband's estate, a contract which extends much further than either the purse or the sketchpad. The sketches themselves prove of an even greater significance than supposed upon the discovery of the body of Mr. Herbert.
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