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06-29-2007, 03:41 AM
A Zed & Two Noughts:A
Belly of an Architect:A+
Baby of Macon:A+
06-29-2007, 03:51 AM
Oh god, I don't know how to rank these, and I've seen a ton. I've honestly never disliked a Greenaway film, and meeting the man was amazing. I guess I'll just put them in some arbitrary order that may at some point represent my preferences:
Making a Splash
A Zed and Two Naughts
M Is for Man, Music, Mozart
The Draughtsman's Contract
The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover
Drowning by Numbers
A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist
Act of God
Belly of an Architect
Death in the Seine
8 1/2 Women
A Walk Through Prospero's Library
Fear of Drowning
The Baby of Macon
Vertical Features Remake
The Pillow Book
Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story
Four American Composers: Philip Glass
H is for House
A TV Dante
Eddie Kid (COI)
Women Artists (COI)
Lacock Village (COI)
The Death of a Composer: Rosa, a Horse Drama
And I've still got more to see!
07-02-2007, 04:14 AM
No love for Greenaway?
07-02-2007, 04:27 AM
The Belly of an Architect: A
Sadly that is all I've seen from him. Although I can't say any of his other movies look very interesting, save for The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and Her Lover.
07-02-2007, 04:46 AM
What about them seem uninteresting? Belly of an Architect and Cook Thief... are quite different, and most of his films (his features at least) lie somewhere between the two, subject wise.
07-02-2007, 06:53 PM
I always remember seeing 'Darwin' on Channel 4 in the early 90s. The last thing of his I really enjoyed. 'Prospero's Books' is the only film I've fallen asleep to in the cinema. It was good to see the BFI release some of his earlier output on DVD but these seemed to have now dried up, which is a shame. I remember Palace video regularly releasing his work all through the late 80s and early 90s. Ah happy days. :)
02-07-2011, 12:15 PM
In light of Prospero's Books, I've been rediscovering his films.
The Draughtsman's Contract is about as clever as mystery gets as an illusionary guise, dealing in its nature, without falling into overly contrived nonsense. I can understand how some might see the classicism slow, but I love the humorous and oddly grotesque nature of how it's presented here. This is possibly his best film that doesn't rely on overt stylization.
Belly of an Architect is a modern Shakespearance tragedy, not as conceptually inspired, but revealing in its setting with a great leading turn by Dennehy.
Not sure how I'm going to rate his work when I get through this spell. 'Prospero's Books' is the marvel now...
02-10-2011, 09:07 AM
I've seen The Cook The Thief and etc, and also Baby of Macon. I respect the man but I can't get into either film. They're more like plays than actual movies and it just turns me off. There's a certain style of acting going on in these picture -would love to know the definition you would use to describe- that's very similar to Cafe Flesh, Dr. Caligari (1989) and Singapore Sling. Very odd hyper acting intentionally breaking the 4th wall that doesn't appeal to me.
02-10-2011, 09:25 AM
I love Peter Greenaway!
The Draughtsman's Contract - A-
A Zed and Two Noughts - A+
The Belly of an Architect - A
Drowning By Numbers - A+
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover - A+
Prospero's Books - A-
The Baby of Macon - B+
The Pillow Book - B-
8 1/2 Women - B
I've got Nightwatching lying around here somewhere... as good an excuse as any to dig it out! Also, his new project is reportedly going to star John Malkovich!
Goltzius and the Pelican Company is a 2011 film about Hendrik Goltzius, a late 16th century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints. He seduces the Margrave of Alsace into paying for a printing press to make and publish illustrated books. Goltzius promises him an extraordinary book of pictures of the Old Testament Biblical stories. Erotic tales of Lot and his daughters, David and Bathsheba, Samson and Delilah and John the Baptist and Salome. To tempt the Margrave further, Goltzius and his printing company will offer to perform dramatizations of these erotic stories for his court.
02-10-2011, 12:16 PM
I still haven't seen The Baby Of Macon, Nightwatching, or The Pillow Book.
01-20-2012, 06:28 PM
Lars Andersen just lent me The Baby of Macon on Blu. It will be my first venture into the films of Greenaway.
02-24-2012, 08:33 AM
This might have already been talked about in the Blu forum but the BFI in the UK are bringing out Greenaway's BELLY OF AN ARCHITECT on Blu-Ray in just a couple of months. It's one of my favourite films of his - certainly all his features from DRAUGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT to THE COOK, THE THIEF are worth a look though.
02-24-2012, 01:20 PM
I never thought of Greenaway's films as being enjoyable in the conventional since, more like aesthetic endurance tests really, but that isn't to say that I don't admire him as a fillmmaker, just that I've never had the urge to see one of his films twice.
02-24-2012, 05:48 PM
I've seen about 10 of his films but I wouldn't call myself a fan.
It's been a long time since I've seen one so I wouldn't know how to rate them.
03-01-2012, 02:49 PM
Even though Greenaway made some really excellent features and documentaries throughout his career, I still think The Falls (1980) is his great masterpiece. There's really nothing else like it in Cinema - it's an extraordinary film...
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