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1980 (UK) See more »
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The planet has been affected by a mysterious occurrence known as the Violent Unknown Event, or V.U.E... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Peter Westley
Aad Wirtz
Michael Murray
Lorna Poulter
Patricia Carr
Adam Leys ... Narrator
Mary Howard
Sheila Canfield ... Narrator
Evelyn Owen
Hilary Thompson ... Narrator
Carole Meyer
Monica Hyde
Colleen Thomas
Neil Hopkins
Dewi Thomas
Peter Sacro
Keith Pendlebury
Robert Worby
Marcia Pendlebury

Stephen Quay

Timothy Quay
Tom Hunsinger
Martin Burrows ... Narrator
Maggie Palmer
Adejbo Nkasaggi
Maurice Tarplin (as Maurice Tarlin)
Patrick Whitney
Alicia Webb
Sandra Williams
Garry Morris
Richard Jenkins
Serena MacBeth ... Narrator
John Wilson
Leslie Wilson
Gabor Vernon
Rod Stoneman
Howard Milner
Aet Nyman
Teet Toome
Reeta Toome
Alfret Toome
Martin Pawky
Jeremy Tarling
Graham Jones
Chris Auty
Glyn Fielding
Chris Rodriquez
John Lea
Alice Skillings
Michelle Caborn
Simon Fea
Kenneth Breese
Edith Lazenby
Nigel Algar
Lucy Finch
Donald Lazenby
Terry Lansbury
Freida Jones
Pat Hopkins
Peter Sainsbury
Ian Lake
David Cowper
Sarah Cowper
Lucy Skeaping
Herbert Mullinger
Christine Metcalfe
Christopher Metcalfe
Lilian Mullinger
Marion Brame
Wendy Evans
Bob Godfrey ... G. Odfrey
Mick O'Connor
Reina James
Chris Thomas
Alderich Asonbryl
Dorothy Bradley
Udi Eichler
Cathy Lake
Dave Lawton
Brigitte Kahn
Glennys Williams
John W. Hyde (as John Hyde)
Christopher Williams
Gillian Tarlin
Russel Flint
J.J. Czipri
Lucia Apel
Molly Nyman
Rachel Penfold
Simon De Quincey

Peter Greenaway ... Interviewer
Colin Haap
Colin Berwick
Anthony Sloman ... Person (as Tony Sloman)
Peter Nage
Colin Cantlie ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cedric Pheasant

Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Greenaway 

Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Mike Coles 
John Rosenberg 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Sound Department
Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Mick Audsley .... sound
Malcolm Hirst .... sound
Dave Lawton .... sound
Digby Rumsey .... sound
Diana Ruston .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Bough .... assistant camera
Glynn Fielding .... grip
Donald Lazenby .... still photographer
Tex Ledcote .... additional camera operator
Michael Nyman .... still photographer
David Scott .... assistant camera
Andrew Speller .... assistant camera
Bert Walker .... camera operator: rostrum camera
Francine Winham .... additional camera operator
 
Music Department
Rory Allam .... musician
Brian Eno .... composer: additional music
Barbara Grant .... musician
Ben Grove .... musician
Ian Mitchell .... musician
Michael Nyman .... conductor
Michael Nyman .... musician
Keith Pendlebury .... composer: additional music (as Kieth Pendlbury)
Steve Saunders .... musician
Lucy Skeaping .... musician
Doug Wootton .... musician
 
Thanks
Kenneth Breese .... special acknowledgment
Bernie Brown .... special acknowledgment
David Cowper .... special acknowledgment
 

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195 min
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Cameo: [Bob Godfrey]G. Odfrey.See more »
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References Where Eagles Dare (1968)See more »

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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Hitchcock in a filing cabinet., 15 November 1998
Author: Steve Rouse (catfish@mcmail.com) from Manchester, England

This is the pinnacle (some might think nadir) of Greenaway's obsession with lists and catalogues (at least so far). An obsessive film about obsession.

The film comprises ninety-two mini-documentaries of a random sample of people who have suffered as a result of the mysterious (and unexplained) "Violent Unknown Event" (or "VUE" for short). Though the VUE produces varying results, there are some common themes, such as bowel problems, skin conditions, and an obsession with birds. Some of the VUE victims even seem to be turning into birds. Though we never find out, it seems clear that "the responsibility of birds" was a key factor in the VUE.

I love this bizarre film. Despite its three hour duration it rarely drags and is witty and urbane. Greenaway uses the space to indulge in some wonderful running gags (especially the tendency of the VUE sufferers to go around in circles), and to make interesting points about the absurdity of statistics and the way in which science dehumanises its subjects by "categorising" them. This last point is subverted by the odd biographical details which Greenaway supplies us with, helping us to see the victims as individuals.

Greenaway has said that one way of viewing the film is as ninety-two different ways to make a documentary. I see it more as a cinematic equivalent of experimental music. It's like minimalism, with a strict repetitive structure which builds towards a dramatic climax. Nyman's score helps immeasurably in this development, beginning as isolated notes and chords, and finishing as an oratorio. The theme he wrote for the opening credits, "The Boulder Orchard", is fabulous.

All the old Greenaway obsessions are here: sex, death, sex and death, water, birds, calligraphy, etc. The Falls is a catalogue of Peter Greenaway as much as anything else.

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