H is for House is another of Peter Greenaway's early pre feature film experimental works. Set in an idyllic location in the English countryside, a mother and her young daughter relax by an old cottage. It is an exercise in editing as much as anything, with many static shots of various things. It does have quite a nice atmosphere about it and is a far warmer film that is usual for Greenaway, probably on account of the tranquil set-up and characters. Aside from the visuals, there is much unusual narration and one of the ideas explored is the artificiality of how we categorise things alphabetically. Many disparate things begin with the letter H for example, and the film considers this absurdity. This kind of obsession is precisely the kind of thing you would expect of Greenaway in fairness, as he has delved into such specific topics on various other occasions. I actually found this to be one of his more enjoyable short avant-garde works though. I suppose the reason for this is that I tend to respond to his visual ideas more favourably than his intellectual ones and in this case the words didn't engulf the imagery as much as usual. So, on the whole, I found this to be an interesting and relaxing left-field short.
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