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Director:
Writer:
Peter Greenaway (writer)
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Release Date:
30 June 1983 (Netherlands) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A landscape of lust and cunning. [Video Australia]
Plot:
Mr. Neville, a cocksure young artist is contracted by Mrs. Herbert, the wife of a wealthy landowner... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Conceit, Deception and Power See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Higgins ... R Neville / Mr Neville

Janet Suzman ... Virginia Herbert / Mrs Herbert
Anne-Louise Lambert ... Mrs. Talmann (as Anne Louise Lambert)

Hugh Fraser ... Mr Talmann
Neil Cunningham ... Thomas Noyes / Mr Noyes
Dave Hill ... Mr Herbert

David Gant ... Mr Seymour
David Meyer ... The Poulencs
Tony Meyer ... The Poulencs
Nicholas Amer ... Mr Parkes (as Nicolas Amer)

Suzan Crowley ... Mrs Pierpont
Lynda La Plante ... Mrs Clement (as Lynda Marchal)

Michael Feast ... The Statue

Alastair Cumming ... Philip
Steve Ubels ... Mr. van Hoyten
Ben Kirby ... Augustus
Sylvia Rotter ... Governess
Kate Doherty ... Maid
David Joss Buckley ... Mr Porringer (as Joss Buckley)
Michael Carter ... Mr Clarke (as Mike Carter)
Vivienne Maya ... Laundress (as Vivienne Chandler)
Geoffrey Larder ... Mr Hammond
Harry Van Engel ... Servant (as Harry van Engel)
George Miller ... Servant

Directed by
Peter Greenaway 
 
Writing credits
Peter Greenaway (writer)

Produced by
David Payne .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Curtis Clark (photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Wilson 
 
Casting by
Lucy Boulting 
 
Art Direction by
Bob Ringwood 
 
Costume Design by
Sue Blane 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Allsopp .... make-up assistant
Lois Burwell .... make-up
Robbie Gardner .... wig and hair stylist
Peter King .... wig and hair stylist
Peter Owen .... wigs created by
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andy Powell .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kenneth Breese .... calligraphy
Alan Brown .... painter
Bob Coleman .... carpenter
Jane Hamilton .... design assistant
Digby Howard .... design assistant
Michael Hunter .... props
Tom Raeburn .... props (as Tommy Raeburn)
Charlie Simmons .... construction manager
Peter Greenaway .... drawings: Mr. Neville (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tony Anscombe .... dubbing mixer
Bob Doyle .... sound assistant
Godfrey Kirby .... sound
Doctor Lion .... dubbing editor
Clive Osborne .... sound assistant
Lionel Strutt .... A.D.R.
Aad Wirtz .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Swinnerton .... rostrum camera operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Archer .... grip
Simon Archer .... stills
Steve Blake .... gaffer
Luke Cardiff .... camera assistant
Curtis Clark .... lighting cameraman
Hugh Gordon .... rostrum camera
James Merrell .... stills
Paul Woods .... assistant gaffer
Gordon Wright .... rigger
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Bayliss .... assistant costumes maker
Sue Blane .... costume
Ellen Cairns .... assistant costumes maker
Sue Langridge .... wardrobe
Colin Macneil .... costumes made by
David Perry .... costume design co-ordinator
Tony Williams .... wardrobe (as Anthony Williams)
 
Editorial Department
John Taylor .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Alexander Balanescu .... musician
Malcolm Bennett .... musician
David Cunningham .... music producer
Ben Grove .... musician
John Harle .... musician
Ian Mitchell .... musician
Michael Nyman .... musician
Elisabeth Perry .... musician
Edward Pillinger .... musician
J. Martin Rex .... music engineer (as Martin Rex)
Christopher Royall .... musician: counter-tenor (as Chris Royale)
Steve Saunders .... musician
Keith Thompson .... musician
David White .... musician
Stina Wilson .... musician
Tony Cousins .... post-production music editor (uncredited)
Andrew Findon .... musician: baritone sax (uncredited)
Brad Grisdale .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
Barry Guy .... musician: double bass (uncredited)
Dave Hunt .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
Michael Nyman .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Henry Purcell .... music consultant (uncredited)
Steve Smith .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Rupert Christie .... driver
Michael Coulson .... driver
Safi Farrah .... driver
Gillian Strachan .... driver
 
Other crew
Peter Broughan .... production officer
Len Brown .... laboratory supervisor
Hugh Gordon .... titles
Fiona Latto .... production secretary
Marie Meyrick .... production assistant
Peter Sainsbury .... head of production
Peter Greenaway .... hand double: Anthony Higgins (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Len Anderson .... special thanks
Rita Anderson .... special thanks
Debbie Arnold .... special thanks
Janice Chaney .... special thanks
Melvin Chaney .... special thanks
Nigel Coates .... special thanks
Nick Coker .... special thanks
James Hall .... special thanks
Graham Howes .... special thanks
Johannes Jacobus .... special thanks
Nigel Jenkins .... special thanks
Dominic Meyrick .... special thanks
Mr. S.W. Mountain .... special thanks (as Mr SW Mountain)
Mrs. R. Newton .... special thanks (as Mrs R Newton)
Dudley Tate .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
108 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1994) | USA:R

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Trivia:
The close-up shots of the draughtsman drawing are of Peter Greenaway's hands.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The cooing of a collared dove is not a sound that would have fallen on Jacobean ears, as the species was unknown in Britain until 1955.See more »
Quotes:
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Mr. Noyes:Mr. Chandos was a man who spent more time with his gardener than his wife. They discussed plum trees - ad nauseam. He gave his family and his tennants cause to dread September, for they were regaled with plums till their guts rumbled like thunder and their backsides ached from overuse. He built the chapel at Fouvant, where the pew seats are made of plumwood, so the tennants still have cause to remember Chandos through their backsides - on account of the splinters.
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19 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Conceit, Deception and Power, 21 May 1999
Author: John Morrison from Vancouver, BC Canada

Being of English origin the film has a particular fascination. Certain things become apparent if you know England well, but also I suspect on repeated viewing.

A tale of conceit, deception and power. The conceit of the Draughtsman, all too apparent, is matched by the conceit of the upper classes as the film unfolds. The pictoral conceit referred to in the film repeatedly is matched by a pictoral conceit played on the viewer: the wigs were never that big, the house, garden and grounds stunning and the weather too perfect.

Deception exists at many levels. The viewer is deceived as to where the houses and events take place. The allusions are to Southampton and surrounding areas. Being from the Southampton area I realized this wasn't Southampton. Though it could possibly have been. The deception was convincing. The location is Kent. I believe this deception, which fits so nicely in the film anyway, was pulled so that the owner of the house where the film is centred around would not be invaded by tourists. A nice touch which I suspect follows the line in the film, something like this), "Do you think Mrs Talbot is a lady who likes her gravel being kicked around by a pack of dogs."

The arrogance and exploitation of the ladies of the house by the Draughtsman, readily apparent, is more sinisterly exceeded by the arrogance and exploitation of the Draughtsman by the ladies. The Draughtsman provides a cover for murder, solves the problem of transfer of the property by siring a child and finally ends up as the scapegoat for murder. While the Draughtsman may appear to be playing with the household for his own amusement, the Draughtsman himself is the focus of a much more brutal and more deadly game.

Like all the best films there is much going on in the film. The lines and language are wonderfully rich. The camera merely shows you the events. And it is not above deceiving you as a viewer. Trying to make sense of it all is great fun. Many things I didn't even see until the second or third viewing, let alone make sense of them!

A beautiful allegory which slowly unfolds and challenges the senses. Much like The Prisoner (1967) tv series, and hopefully The Prisoner (2000) movie.

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