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The Baby of Mâcon (1993)

 -  Drama | History  -  17 September 1993 (UK)
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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.

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The Daughter
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The Bishop's Son
Philip Stone ...
The Bishop
Jonathan Lacey ...
Cosimo Medici
Don Henderson ...
The Father Confessor
Celia Gregory ...
The Mother Superior
Jeff Nuttall ...
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The First Midwife (as Jessica Stevenson)
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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 ...
The Second Nun
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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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The last cinema film of Philip Stone. See more »

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

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Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 - Suscepit Israel
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by 'The Vrowen Macon Koor'
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What is everyone so upset about?
20 January 2003 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This film was shown at the Cannes film festival nearly a decade ago and apparently received more walkouts than any film in the festival's history--and "Wild at Heart" won the grand prize here?

Unlike most films that use sex and violence to help sell them, Greenaway seems to have no interest in "selling". The story he tells--which takes the form of a play attended by royalty and commonfolk alike--is a Shakespearian fable regarding a young woman (Julia Ormond) who uses her disfigured mother's newborn as a messiah-like figure to gain wealth and comfort, much to the dismay of the church (repped by Ralph Fiennes).

To say that the writer/director of this film is a sick person because of what happens in the story is shortsighted, at best. Yes, there are truly heinous atrocities committed by some of these characters--but the manner in which it is depicted does nothing to suggest glamour or vicarious thrills. David Lynch's Golden Palm winner, on the other hand, is full of all manner of freaks and malicious acts played mostly for laughs. Greenaway definitely got the soiled end of the stick on this one.

It's a shame, too. This film recently played for just a few nights in one of Chicago's most prominent art theaters. It's never received anything remotely close to a nationwide theatrical or video release, and it's my favorite Greenaway film, second only to "The Cook, the Thief...". If one is interested in this sort of experience and has a fairly strong stomach, I'd recommend a theatrical screening in a minute.


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