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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:
Extraordinary, beautiful, puzzling and disturbing. 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
John Speer .... sound: Cine Lingual
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:
[first lines]
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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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Extraordinary, beautiful, puzzling and disturbing., 15 November 1998
Author: Steve Rouse (catfish@mcmail.com) from Manchester, England

A most extraordinary film. A fascinating study of manipulation and murder, of sex, power and the abuse of sex and power. This is not always an easy film to like, it has a coldly clinical approach to its subject and protagonists which produces an intentionally distancing effect.

In one scene, the Draughtsman invites the Lady of the House to examine a painting, owned by her husband, in which a complex allegory appears to be being acted out. I see this as an analogy for the film as a whole - it is an arch, stylised, intelligent and beautiful puzzle (a murder-mystery) in which the audience is encouraged to consider the motives and objectives of the characters, but from which many important clues appear to have been deliberately removed.

This might all sound frustrating, but I find the film endlessly intriguing and entertaining. It's like a very clever and stunningly photographed Agatha Christie mystery, but without an annoying sleuth who comes along at the end and solves everything "oh-so-neatly".

The photography is exemplary (the cinematographer, Curtis Clark, seems to have done little else of note), with the camera hardly moving at all, except for an occasional tracking shot. The Kent countryside used to maximum effect, and the costumes are sumptuous (especially the wigs!). The music is also superb, with Michael Nyman producing probably his finest score.

An engaging, puzzling, visually stunning and, ultimately, rather disturbing film.

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