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,
As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, ... See full summary »
In 19th century Victorian England, Mrs. Isabella Beeton produced what became an essential book for housewives of the day. She was married at a relatively young age to Sam Beeton, a ... See full summary »
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 »
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.
The 27 year old Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi walked from Romania to Paris in 1903 and 1904 as a preparation and prelude to becoming the most important sculptor of the 20th century.... 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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