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A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 May 1990 (USA)
Twin zoologists lose their wives in a car accident and become obsessed with decomposing animals.

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Peter Greenaway

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Peter Greenaway
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Andréa Ferréol ... Alba Bewick
Brian Deacon ... Oswald Deuce
Eric Deacon Eric Deacon ... Oliver Deuce
Frances Barber ... Venus de Milo
Joss Ackland ... Van Hoyten
Jim Davidson Jim Davidson ... Joshua Plate
Agnès Brulet Agnès Brulet ... Beta Bewick
Guusje van Tilborgh Guusje van Tilborgh ... Caterina Bolnes
Gerard Thoolen ... Van Meegeren
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Stephen Pipe
Wolf Kahler ... Felipe Arc-en-Ciel
Geoffrey Palmer ... Fallast
David Attenborough ... Himself - Documentary Narrator (voice)
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Identical twins Oliver and Oswald Deuce lose their wives in a car crash caused by a white swan. The brothers, who are zoologists, become obsessed with the death and decay of animals. They both have a relationship with Alba, the driver of the crashed car, who loses first one leg then the other. When Alba dies, the twins film their own death. Written by <P.M.Laws@education.leeds.ac.uk>

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1.66 : 1
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References to Greek Mythology: Alba Bewick is referred to as 'Leda' (in Greek mythology, Leda gave birth to twins Castor & Pollux after being seduced by Zeus in the guise of a swan); in the film, Alba decides to name the twins she gives birth to as 'Castor & Pollydeuces' (in reference to the mythological Gemini twins Castor & Pollux). See more »

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Alba Bewick: In the land of the legless the one-legged woman is queen.
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The Teddy Bear's Picnic
Music by John W. Bratton
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Performed by The BBC Dance Orchestra
Directed by Henry Hall
Courtesy of EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD and EMI RECORDS LTD
Also sung by Venus De Milo (Frances Barber)
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An intricate & textured study of decay & deterioration.
30 May 2000 | by AfraciousSee all my reviews

The film begins with the sound of a car crash. The next frame unfolds to show us a white car with a swan embedded in its windscreen, and a woman shouting out in agony. We can also see two women in the back of the car motionless. Who are then imposed on to a newspaper headline: SWAN CRASH TWO DIE, it says. The deceased women were married to twin brothers, zoologists Oliver and Oswald Deuce. After the accident they grieve at the bedside of the stricken survivor of the crash, a lady named Alba Bewick, who has had her leg amputated. At first they blame her for the accident, then later start to both sleep with her. Most of their time is spent photographing dead animals and plants. Some of these are shown decaying quickly, accompanied by good music from Michael Nyman. Also around the zoo is a prostitute named Venus De Milo, who the brothers both use. A strange figure named Van Hoyten. And also the film features the only feature film appearance of the English comedian Jim Davidson, who will be familiar to viewers in England. He plays Joshua Plate, an assistant at the zoo. Eventually Alba has her other leg amputated, and also has twin babies by the Deuce brothers. Yes, she claims they are by both of them. It then leads to a tragic conclusion. It is a fascinating film to watch. Beautiful to look at, as always with Greenaway's films. It offers the viewer many layers and textures to explore. Each scene is delicately structured. Something different. Watch it again and again.


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