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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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Storyline

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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Country:

UK | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zoo See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the movie, we are shown a front-page newspaper article about the deaths of the protagonists' wives. This front page also contains sidebar articles detailing events from two of director Peter Greenaway's subsequent films, The Belly of an Architect (1987) (the article headlined "Architect Dies") and Drowning by Numbers (1988) (the article headlined "A Hot Bath Heart Attack"). See more »

Quotes

Oliver Deuce: Pregnant women are notoriously unreliable. Especially when they're trying to procure an abortion.
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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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Greenaway best movie - though still not for every one
16 December 2006 | by Andres SalamaSee all my reviews

A Zed and Two Noughts (or Zoo) is Greenaway's best film. Made during the transition between his early experimental short films and his later more narrative (and more celebrated) ones, his free flowing structure is at its best here, fresh, witty and cerebral (some would also say pedantic). In later films, one has the feeling that Greenaway has try to go back to the style set by Zoo, but the results (like in 8 1/2 women) are almost unwatchable. The plot: two biologists twins working in a zoo, specialized in studying the putrefaction of animals, lose their wives in a car accident. They hook up with a strange woman who lost her leg in that accident. Meanwhile, there are references to Vermeer throughout (what does this has to do with zoology, only Greenaway knows), speeded up shots of real rotting animals, Michael Nyman's hypnotic score, and also a girl who learns the alphabet through giant letters that are linked with live animals (for example, z is for zebra, as in a children's book). Deliberately non naturalistic, Greenaway makes from this strange melange a very compelling movie, though undoubtedly very hard to take for some.


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