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The Baby of Mâcon (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 17 September 1993 (UK)
A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. A baby is born from a supposed-to-be virgin woman, so a chain of hysteria about divine intervention in the birth takes place.

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... The Daughter
... The Bishop's Son
... The Bishop
Jonathan Lacey ... Cosimo Medici
... The Father Confessor
Celia Gregory ... The Mother Superior
Jeff Nuttall ... The Major Domo
... The First Midwife (as Jessica Stevenson)
... The Second Midwife
Gabrielle Reidy ... The Third Midwife
Frank Egerton ... The Prompter
Phelim McDermott ... The First Tutor
Tony Vogel ... The Father
Tatiana Strauss ... The First Nun
Louisa Milwood-Haigh ... The Second Nun
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A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. A baby is born from a supposed-to-be virgin woman, so a chain of hysteria about divine intervention in the birth takes place. Written by Carlos Morales <bmunoz@mail.sci.net.mx>

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Director Peter Greenaway has said that one of the sources of inspiration for the film was the banning of the Benetton advertising poster campaign in the UK that featured pictures of a newborn baby, covered in blood and still attached to its umbilical cord. An outcry caused the posters to be removed. "What is so horrible about a newborn baby?" Greenaway wanted to know. "Why is that image (one that is seen many times a day in hospitals all over the country) so unacceptable, when much more horrific images are presented on television and the cinema, featuring murder and rape, but glamorized and made safe?" Thus Greenaway set out to make a film featuring murder and rape in which "nothing was glamorized and nothing was safe". See more »


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Performed by The Locke Consort
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Best movie of 1993
28 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Easily eclipsing The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover as Greenaway's masterpiece. Ormond and Fiennes have never been better. Makes the other films released that year (The Firm, Sleepless in Seattle) look like lukewarm consomme at a spinsterish teaparty. Most powerful and horrifying rape scene since Bergman's The Virgin Spring. Surprised the Christian Coalition hasn't tried to get it banned: full frontal male nudity, infanticide, gang rape. What blood-and-thunder Elizabethan melodrama is all about.


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