A Zed and Two Noughts (1985)
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This twisted black comedy is obsessed in turn with swans, twins, and decay. Alba Bewick (Andréa Ferréol) is involved in a swan-related car accident near the zoo. The accident kills two other women, the wives of two twin zoologists, Oliver and Oswald Deuce (Brian and Eric Deacon). Alba is lucky enough to escape with one leg. Eventually her doctor also removes the other "because it was dangerous for the spine." Meanwhile, the Deuce brothers, as a result of losing their wives, have become
May 25, 1990 Wide
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Despite overkill in the ideas department, which many will find too pretentious for comfort or coherence, visually, Zed is a masterpiece.
liked this better the second time around, but it's still not one of my favorite Greenaways.
None of Greenaway's films take place in anything resembling naturalism or realism, and they don't feel modern. They're like archaic storybook adaptations of Jacobean plays illustrated by Vermeer.
Greenaway when he was still hungry.
Another exercise in cataloguing, another elaborate death ritual, and another story inhabited with fixation
As fascinating and exciting as the images are, however, the drama is ridiculous as all get out.
It's frustratingly interesting for the director's self-indulgences ...
Greenaway's eccentric exploration of where all life's absurd varieties must begin and end is, like a road accident, always fascinating, if not exactly pleasurable, to watch.
Fatally pretentious crap. (But it's fun to say if you're a Renaissance Faire warrior whose costume never comes off.)
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