The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
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Peter Greenaway's first fiction feature (after the mock-documentary The Falls) made him immediately famous and was named one of the most original films of the 1980s by British critics. The action is set in the director's beloved 17th century. Ambitious young artist Mr. Neville (Anthony Higgins) is invited by Mrs. Herbert (Janet Suzman) to make 12 elaborate sketches of her estate. Besides money, the contract includes sexual favors that Mrs. Herbert will offer to the draughtsman in the absence of
Oct 2, 1982 Wide
Dec 14, 1999
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Artificial in the extreme, it may nevertheless be Greenaway's most naturalistic and easygoing film.
It shows the director at his best and most playful, and it's a strange delight.
One of the best, most original and diabolical films to come out of England.
Greenaway ploughs the familiar landscape of the murder mystery, but plants in it new, exotic fruits all of his own.
The Draughtsman's Contract is a thoroughly entertaining murder mystery set in 17th century England.
Far from Greenaway's best work. Very far.
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