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The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story (2003)

The first of three parts, we follow Tulse Luper in three distinct episodes: as a child during the first World War, as an explorer in Mormon Utah, and as a writer in Belgium during the rise ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
JJ Feild ... Tulse Luper / Floris Creps
Raymond J. Barry ... Stephan Figura
Michèle Bernier ... Sophie van Osterhaus
Valentina Cervi ... Cissie Colpitts
Caroline Dhavernas ... Passion Hockmeister
Anna Galiena ... Madame Plens
Debbie Harry ... Fastidieux
Steven Mackintosh ... Günther Zeloty
Albert Kitzl Albert Kitzl ... Gumber Flint
Jordi Mollà ... Jan Palmerion (as Jordi Molla)
Drew Mulligan Drew Mulligan ... Martino Knockavelli
Ornella Muti ... Mathilde Figura
Ronald Pickup ... M. Moitessier
Nilo Zimmerman ... Pip (as Nilo Mur)
Franka Potente ... Trixie Boudain
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The first of three parts, we follow Tulse Luper in three distinct episodes: as a child during the first World War, as an explorer in Mormon Utah, and as a writer in Belgium during the rise of fascism. Packed with stylistic flourishes, it's a dense, comic study of 20th century history, revolving around the contents of one man's suitcases. Written by Anonymous

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18 July 2003 (Spain) See more »

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As Maletas de Tulse Luper - Parte I: A História de Moab See more »

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Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$90,071
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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'Tulse Luper' was first mentioned in Greenaway's A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist (1979), as the owner of the 92 maps. See more »

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Let the games begin...
20 August 2003 | by johnmcmSee all my reviews

The Moab Story is part 1 of a 3 part, 6 hour film tracing the life of the eponymous Tulse Luper and, for reasons not yet clear, the history of Uranium (atomic number 92 - this is important so pay attention at the back).

Greenaway continues to evolve his directorial style, overlapping images and sounds, embedding windows within windows, mixing media. The results are often confusing, sometimes stunning, never boring.

I wondered if Greenaway was hinting that this was in some sense an autobiographical piece. Tulse Luper is cited as the author of 'The Belly of an Architect' and in a list of his lost works appears 'The Falls', both earlier films by Greenaway.

Of course it might just be the director playing games. A clip from 'A Zed and Two Noughts' is used at one point, and there is a character named 'Cissie Colpits', the name of the three women in 'Drowning by Numbers'. I suspect there might well have been many more references to earlier films in there.

This is closer in style to 'Properos Books' or 'A TV Dante' than some of his earlier works such as 'The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover'. Narrative flow has been sacrificed in part for creating a cinematic work of art. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion though, when the result is a film like this. Sit back and let the experience wash over you.


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