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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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Comedy | Drama

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UK | Netherlands

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English | French

Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zoo See more »

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Sound Mix:

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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An Elephant Never Forgets
Music by 'The Happy Farmer' (Opus 68, No.10) by Robert Schumann
Performed by Lupino Lane with The BBC Dance Orchestra
Directed by Henry Hall
Courtesy of EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD and EMI RECORDS LTD
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All In The Name Of Science?
20 August 2015 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

(Movie quote) - "So, tell me - Is a zebra a white animal with black stripes, or is it a black animal with white stripes?"

Even though I definitely found this 1985, British, "art" film to be something of a "hit'n'miss" production, it was its very striking camera-work by French cinematographer, Sacha Vierny, that certainly helped to elevate it to a position that set it well-beyond the realm of being considered just purely mundane entertainment.

Surreal, eccentric and bizarre (and, yes, at times, quite puzzling) - "A Zed And 2 Noughts" definitely had me wondering, often enough, what kind of a curve director Peter Greenaway was going to hurl at me next with this weird and somewhat disturbing tale of obsession with decaying flesh and the amputation of body parts.

Certainly not a film to please everyone (and certainly not a film with a gripping plot-line) - I, for one, thought "A Zed And 2 Noughts" was well-worth a view simply for the freakish biology lesson that it quite cleverly wedged into its wacky, little story (all at no extra cost).


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