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Death in the Seine (1989)

Historical drownings in the Seine are catalogued, dissected and elaborated, with multilayered visuals and 'documentary' asides.

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Alan Franco ...
Narrator (voice)
Jean-Michel Dagory ...
Bouille
Jim van der Woude ...
Daude
Hans Verbrugge ...
Jacques Chevreuil
Denis Verkroese ...
André Ribrot
Roos Peters ...
Jeanne Geneviève Valiton
Arie Van Vliet ...
Pierre François Denis
Michelle Guerts ...
Louise Emilie Charlotte Harmand
Jan Remkes ...
Pierre Jean Le Roy
Micke Mink ...
Marie Topinard
Gerard van Lavieren ...
Nicolas Julien Doguet
Lars Crama ...
Guillaume Rene Guerin
Leonie Beverloo ...
Monique Constance Manin
Winsred Zotsch ...
Jean Pierre Pascal Dauzet
Adrian van der Elzen ...
Jean Baptiste Langlasse
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Historical drownings in the Seine are catalogued, dissected and elaborated, with multilayered visuals and 'documentary' asides.

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7 April 1991 (Germany)  »

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Die Toten der Seine  »

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Director Peter Greenaway has stated that although he didn't set out to have the actors playing the corpses move about, he didn't mind when they did, because on one level the film is about people only pretending to be dead, and that the movements just helped reinforce that. See more »

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Referenced in Peter Greenaway in Indianapolis (1997) See more »

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Etudes on Corpses
24 July 2000 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

The remarkable Greenaway is most successful when his scope is constrained and most intriguing when he works in the large. This is a small work, and lovely.

A number of drowning victims are described from the coroner's notes and exquisitely photographed. If viewing nude corpses bothers you, this might not be your thing. But remembrances of these people are frangible, just as we will be remembered or not.

The period is right after the French Revolution where a new calendar was briefly used. As the calendar became obsolete, the time of their endlives and deaths can be said to not exist. This allowed Greenaway to bring their past lives back into `real' history.

The views of their bodies are so evocative that perhaps we give them a richer existence than they ever knew themselves.

As this is a video production, Greenaway can afford complex visual overlayering. Also, as this is contemporaneous with `Drowning by Numbers' one wonders about the linkages. Enriches both films.


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