A Zed and Two Noughts (1990)
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Critic Reviews for A Zed and Two Noughts
A big, over-the-top comedy, with a sense of humor probably best appreciated by misanthropic nihilists.
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.
Audience Reviews for A Zed and Two Noughts
My first foray into the work of Peter Greenaway, a filmmaker I have heard much about, and have wanted to get into for awhile, but just never got around to it until now. I was definently not disappointed with my first exposure to him. This film definently has high replay value, as I imagine new layers will show themselves upon repeated viewings. I'll start by saying that visually this movie is flawless. A feast for the eyes if there ever was one. The sets are meticulous. The film is overflowing with symbolism and metaphor. Even the costumes look like they were carefully selected to contribute to the overall feeling of the film. This isn't a case of style over substance either though. This film is dense in it's ideas and how it chooses to get those idea's across. There are a lot of recurring themes here (Grief, Decay, Loss, Rarities etc). So dense that I'm not going to try and explain what I think it all is supposed to mean, especially after first watch. I definently will be revisiting this movie again and again though, and I look forward to seeing more of Greenaway's work in the future. A must see if you enjoy Art House, Dark comedy, the bizarre and so on.
A delightfully perverse film. I'm sure that I will never see a better movie fixated on amputation and rotting carrion. As with most Peter Greenaway films, the stylized cinematography, lighting and sets are a marvel. Greenaway is more like a Renaissance painter than a director, and his longtime collaborator Michael Nyman delivers another stirring, processional score which perfectly accents all the slow tracking shots. Real-life twins play two zoologists whose wives are killed in a traffic accident after an escaped swan flies into their car and causes the driver, one Alba Bewick, to lose control. Alba survives, but her leg is amputated. She seems to *enjoy* this new handicap and cheerfully reclines in bed, flaunting her lingerie-clad body to multiple visitors. Meanwhile, the widowed twins become obsessed with post-mortem decay, and begin time-lapse photographing a variety of dead subjects. Gradually, they advance to more and more complex organisms. A few other side plots sneak into the story, including Alba's dalliance with another amputee who's missing *both* legs. Greenaway's usual feast of sex and full frontal nudity is on ample display, and every female character seems to be a whore at heart. If this offends you, you've probably wandered into the wrong film by mistake. If it's not obvious, the title elaborates the spelling of "Z-O-O." I wonder if David Cronenberg saw this movie, prior to writing "Dead Ringers"?
Too many weird naked men...I don't know about my teacher's taste in movies anymore.
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