May 1 (Tuesday) 7 pm
Directed by Peter Greenaway
France/Netherlands/UK 1989, 35mm, color, 120 min.
With Michel Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard
Greenaways grisly, color-coded fugue built on themes of gluttony, adultery, fashion, art, and retaliation makes this his most deliciously nefarious venture. The films blend of violence, eroticism, melancholia, and satire recalls a classic revenge play out of Jacobean theater, but the look is pure Rembrandt meets Gaultier. The film may be read as political commentary on Thatchers Britain, visual commentary on the intersection of artistic practices in painting, architecture, and design, or as social commentary on the very status of the human soul in barbarous times.