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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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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
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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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The recurrences of the number 92 throughout the film (the number of VUE victims, the number of artificial languages, etc.) was partly intended as a homage to composer 'Cage, John''s "Indeterminacy," which Greenaway believed contained 92 stories. Cage later informed the director that there were only 90 sections and was much amused by Greenaway's error.See more »
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Unbelievably Funny, 12 January 2014
Author: Antti Keisala from Jyväskylä, Finland

This just might be Greenaway at the top of his game: unbelievably funny and witty, a film that is a structurally magnificent testament to the wonderful madness of Joyce, or Perec, who not only wanted to distill the world but somehow managed to create a microcosm of their own in their work.

This is certainly the cinematic answer to a work like "Life: A User's Manual". Really, this is so laugh-out-loud funny it's not even funny, considering Greenaway's work for the past 25 years has been rather… serious? What Greenaway manages to do is this: he is able to create a profound film that looks deep in the mirror and sees the world unfold upon itself in an endless swirl; then he's able to present it to us in a structurally coherent way, by means of documentary filmmaking; then he's able to poke fun mostly at those means and the film itself, and still turn that gentle and witty parody on its head. In short, this is wondrous filmmaking, something quite unparalleled in my books.

I wish there were more films like this that make you laugh and not feel bad about it.

And to think that Greenaway, who is such an aesthete and wonderful crafter of shockingly beautiful images, mostly uses stock footage and images that are very much of the ordinary sort. Knowing that he would go on to make such multi-layered works such as "Prospero's Books" (1991) and "The Pillow Book" (1996) only adds to the fun. By the way, we have Stephen and Timothy Quay, of all people, pop up in the film!

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