The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

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This is probably Peter Greenaway’s most famous (or infamous) film, which first shocked audiences at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and then on both sides of the Atlantic. A gang leader (Michael Gambon), accompanied by his wife (Helen Mirren) and his associates, entertains himself every night in a fancy French restaurant that he has recently bought. Having tired of her sadistic, boorish husband, the wife finds herself a lover (Alan Howard) and makes love to him in the restaurant’s coziest places with the silent permission of the cook (Richard Bohringer). Though less cerebral than Greenaway’s other films, featuring deadly passions reminiscent of Jacobean revenge tragedies of the early 17th century, the picture still offers the director’s usual ironic and paradoxical comments on the relations between eating and sex, love and death. The film is at once funny and horrific, and those who are not used to Greenaway’s peculiar style might be even disgusted or shocked; however, one might mention Sacha Vierny’s brilliant camerawork, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s gaudily stylized costumes, and Michael Nyman’s somber, pulsating music, which will haunt the viewer long after the film’s end.

 

This film is part of our re-opening season Here We Go Again.


za 26 jun 11:00LAB 1Tickets
wo 30 jun 16:15LAB 1Tickets
do 8 jul 19:00LAB 1Tickets

Regisseur

  • Peter Greenaway

Acteurs

  • Helen Mirren
  • Richard Bohringer
  • Michael Gambon

Speelduur

  • 2 uur en 4 minuten

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