Goltzius And The Pelican Company

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In the winter of 1590, Hendrik Goltzius, the celebrated Dutch printer, painter and engraver, persuades his patron, the liberal-minded Margrave of Alsace to pay for a printing press which will enable him to create an extraordinary deluxe edition of the Old Testament featuring frank illustrations of such erotic tales as the story of Lot and his daughters, the adultery of David and Bathsheba, and the seduction of Joseph by Potiphar's Wife. In order to make the deal more attractive to the Margrave and his court, Goltzius, along with the male and female members of his Pelican Printing Company, offers to stage live dramatizations of six biblical tales, each of which will demonstrate a different sexual taboo...

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Critic Reviews for Goltzius And The Pelican Company

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  • No one else could have made this film - a fascinating and somewhat heart-sinking realisation.

    Jul 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Peter Greenaway offers subversive interpretations of Bible stories, with painfully arch and alienating results.

    Jul 10, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Very nearly classic Peter Greenaway.

    Jul 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Probably one for those already enamoured with its creator, though there are numerous fascinating threads to untangle from this baroque tapestry if one has the patience.

    Apr 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's typical Greenaway - overly long, peacockingly erudite, eye-catchingly grotesque, perpetually mischievous, and gleefully up itself.

    Jul 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Naturally, the scenes all deal with sex and depravity, but the levels of pretension are laughable and the whole thing ends up looking like an old Pet Shop Boys video.

    Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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