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 »
Raymond J. Barry,
Tulse Luper is a 20th century everyman whose collection of 92 suitcases intersects with every person, event and movement in history. Here in the second of a three part story, we find him ... See full summary »
Raymond J. Barry,
The venerated filmmaker Eisenstein is comparable in talent, insight and wisdom, with the likes of Shakespeare or Beethoven; there are few - if any - directors who can be elevated to such ... See full summary »
An 'essayistic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the ... See full summary »
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish (2003)
I wish I had some brilliant words to wrap up this epic, but I'm just exhausted by it. After being bombarded with elaborate fictions and heaps of minute detail for the past 6 hours, I've got nothing much left to say. My attention was frequently drifting, and I got the impression that you could walk away for a while and not miss much. Of course, the same could be said about THE FALLS, but the difference is I never felt like walking away during that movie. Perhaps because it's not as overwhelming, or maybe just because it's funnier. Whatever the reason, as much as I admire Greenaway and the massive amount of work and thought he puts into his films, I've had quite enough of him for a while. I will say this movie does have a nifty ending, one that puts Greenaway and his stand-in Luper in an interesting new light. But as a whole, I found it much more tedious than the previous two installments. Although who knows, maybe it's a diminishing returns thing and I'd feel the opposite if I'd watched them in reverse order.
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