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The Baby of Mâcon (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 17 September 1993 (UK)
A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. A baby is born from a supposed-to-be virgin woman, so a chain of hysteria about divine intervention in the birth takes place.

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The Daughter
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The Bishop's Son
Philip Stone ...
The Bishop
Jonathan Lacey ...
Cosimo Medici
Don Henderson ...
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Celia Gregory ...
The Mother Superior
Jeff Nuttall ...
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The First Midwife (as Jessica Stevenson)
Kathryn Hunter ...
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Gabrielle Reidy ...
The Third Midwife
Frank Egerton ...
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Phelim McDermott ...
The First Tutor
Tony Vogel ...
The Father
Tatiana Strauss ...
The First Nun
Louisa Milwood-Haigh ...
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A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. A baby is born from a supposed-to-be virgin woman, so a chain of hysteria about divine intervention in the birth takes place. Written by Carlos Morales <bmunoz@mail.sci.net.mx>

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Director Peter Greenaway has said that one of the sources of inspiration for the film was the banning of the Benetton advertising poster campaign in the UK that featured pictures of a newborn baby, covered in blood and still attached to its umbilical cord. An outcry caused the posters to be removed. "What is so horrible about a newborn baby?" Greenaway wanted to know. "Why is that image (one that is seen many times a day in hospitals all over the country) so unacceptable, when much more horrific images are presented on television and the cinema, featuring murder and rape, but glamorized and made safe?" Thus Greenaway set out to make a film featuring murder and rape in which "nothing was glamorized and nothing was safe". See more »


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Great cinematic experience from master Greenaway
7 February 2000 | by (Florianópolis, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In case the "casual viewer" wants to see Peter Greenaway's "The Baby of Mâcon" he should be aware of one thing first: this is one hell of an outrageous movie, so he should be very (and I mean VERY) careful before picking this one out.

Well, what we basically happen to have here is another prove of Greenaway's excellence! "The Baby of Mâcon" is a very, shall we say, "hardcore" enterprise for it's director (in the sense that it's a really strong movie and an assault to the senses of what we could call the "casual viewer"). For first Greenaway is really concerned, once again, in telling the story of this picture by his visual metaphors instead of simply shooting his script without any style and believe-me that this time he must've had a hard time while shooting, because it's a very intriguing story and a very complex script. There are loads of characters that appear and reappear many times but, as the great director that he is, Greenaway is able to develop each one of then in order that they would have their own importance throughout the movie.

Of course, as you may well know, there are some really nasty moments. The final rape is an atrocity, I admit that, but the theme that Greenaway has chosen requires a very serious treatment, and that's the treatment that he gives. You may not like this movie, but you won't be able to deny that only Greenaway could've done such an engrossing picture. View this movie, if you can, in widescreen, since the Panavision 2.35:1 aspect ratio photography by Sacha Vierny is really stunning in this format.

Despite of some flaws, "The Baby of Mâcon" is a great film with MANY redeeming qualities.


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