Tulse Luper is a 20th century everyman whose collection of 92 suitcases intersects with every person, event and movement in history. Here in the second of a three part story, we find him ... See full summary »
Raymond J. Barry,
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 »
Raymond J. Barry,
The first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno (up to the entrance to the city of Dis). The text is read entirely in "talking head" fashion, and punctuated with a kaleidoscopic blend of both newly shot and archival footage.
An anonymous narrator outlines a bizarre journey taken through "H", aided by a series of extraordinary maps, and his previous dealings with the mysterious Tulse Luper and the keeper of the ... See full summary »
A commissioned project, made for TV in honor the the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death, this is a highly avant-garde piece of music, theater and dance, set to an original score by the ... See full summary »
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish (2003)
I wish I had some brilliant words to wrap up this epic, but I'm just exhausted by it. After being bombarded with elaborate fictions and heaps of minute detail for the past 6 hours, I've got nothing much left to say. My attention was frequently drifting, and I got the impression that you could walk away for a while and not miss much. Of course, the same could be said about THE FALLS, but the difference is I never felt like walking away during that movie. Perhaps because it's not as overwhelming, or maybe just because it's funnier. Whatever the reason, as much as I admire Greenaway and the massive amount of work and thought he puts into his films, I've had quite enough of him for a while. I will say this movie does have a nifty ending, one that puts Greenaway and his stand-in Luper in an interesting new light. But as a whole, I found it much more tedious than the previous two installments. Although who knows, maybe it's a diminishing returns thing and I'd feel the opposite if I'd watched them in reverse order.
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