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The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story (2003)

The first of three parts, we follow Tulse Luper in three distinct episodes: as a child during the first World War, as an explorer in Mormon Utah, and as a writer in Belgium during the rise ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tulse Luper / Floris Creps
Sophie van Osterhaus
Madame Plens
Albert Kitzl ...
Gumber Flint
Jan Palmerion (as Jordi Molla)
Drew Mulligan ...
Mathilde Figura
M. Moitessier
Nilo Zimmerman ...
Pip (as Nilo Mur)
Trixie Boudain


The first of three parts, we follow Tulse Luper in three distinct episodes: as a child during the first World War, as an explorer in Mormon Utah, and as a writer in Belgium during the rise of fascism. Packed with stylistic flourishes, it's a dense, comic study of 20th century history, revolving around the contents of one man's suitcases. Written by Anonymous

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18 July 2003 (Spain)  »

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As Maletas de Tulse Luper - Parte I: A História de Moab  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Tulse Luper' was first mentioned in Greenaway's A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist (1979), as the owner of the 92 maps. See more »


References A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) See more »

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6 June 2004 | by (Vancouver,Canada) – See all my reviews

How can I write something about this movie…as it's almost impossible to write a review about such a film! Get all the other Greenaway's movies, add a doze of Gillian and Lynch and you can get an idea about what this movie is all about it. I think the students that learn about what film editing means, should use this film as the most perfect example. Multiple scenes flying across the screen, multiple dialogs, theater-like atmosphere and a good music score, adds up to create a unique experience! I have to reckon that I had big expectations about this movie, after reading the reviews, seeing the web site related to the whole story, and of course, seeing all the other Greenaway's movies… and I was not disappointed- this film is something that I have waited to see since long time ago: a blend of reality, imagination and a perfect manipulation of movie editing.

Definitely this movie should be seen in the theater, as its just too small for a normal TV-there is so much information on the screen…or maybe if you have a projector at home:)

There are probably lots of `mistakes'(like a very hard to follow script, too many characters...etc) in this film, and many people would not understand a thing, but this is just normal, because there is no other movie that can be compare with this one!

IF you love art movies, and you are prepared to give some `food' to your brain, then see this movie, you won't be disappointed.

Probably, Greenaway's idea of creating this multimedia Magnus Opus would be doomed to a commercial failure, but for the real art lovers, I think the movies created for this project would set a landmark.

10 out 10

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