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Man of Flowers (1983)

An eccentric elderly man tries to enjoy the three things in life that he considers real beauty: collecting art, collecting flowers, and watching pretty women undress.

Director:

Paul Cox

Writers:

Paul Cox (scenario), Bob Ellis (dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Kaye ... Charles
Alyson Best ... Lisa
Chris Haywood ... David
Sarah Walker ... Jane
Julia Blake ... Art Teacher
Bob Ellis Bob Ellis ... Psychiatrist
Barry Dickins Barry Dickins ... Postman
Patrick Cook Patrick Cook ... Coppershop Man
Victoria Eagger ... Angela
Werner Herzog ... Charles' Father
Hilary Kelly Hilary Kelly ... Charles' Mother
James Stratford James Stratford ... Young Charles
Eileen Joyce Eileen Joyce ... Aunt
Marianne Baillieu Marianne Baillieu ... Aunt
Lirit Bilu Lirit Bilu ... Florist
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An eccentric elderly man tries to enjoy the three things in life that he considers real beauty: collecting art, collecting flowers, and watching pretty women undress.

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"It is very difficult to see yourself as others see you . . . or to see yourself at all." - Charles Bremer.

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One of seven film collaborations of actress Julia Blake and writer-director Paul Cox. They are [in order]: 'Lonely Hearts' (1982), 'Man of Flowers' (1983), 'My First Wife' (1984), 'The Paper Boy' episode of 'Winners' (1985), 'Cactus' (1986), 'Innocence' (2000), and 'Human Touch' (2004). During the 1980s, Blake appeared in a Cox film every year for five straight consecutive years between 1982 and 1986. See more »

Quotes

Charles Bremer: I'm only half a man.
Lisa: It's the right half.
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Connections

Referenced in Innocence: Interview with Julia Blake (2001) See more »

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insightful
1 July 2006 | by treborgortSee all my reviews

The film is remarkable in that it delves into the issue of sexual inversion - and how childhood events and parent relationships mark us for life. In the case of Charles, we see that his mother alternately enveloped him in her embrace and rejected him, and his father, a remote, humorless person, punished him for being a curious child. End result: he loves beauty deeply, but cannot consummate a relationship. The use of music, both the operatic excerpts and Charles's own playing of the church organ, was pointed and poignant. All actors turned in splendid performances. Norman Kaye was very believable in the title role, and Alyson Best as the young beauty who sees Charles for the decent, loving person he is does sound work. The rest of the ensemble is also to be commended for this picture of life and art's relationship to it.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1983 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem das Flores See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Flowers International See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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