Zed & Two Noughts

A Zed & Two Noughts

Director: Peter Greenaway

Cast: Andréa Ferréol, Brian Deacon, Eric Deacon

     
 

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This twisted black comedy is obsessed in turn with swans, twins, and decay. Alba Bewick (Andréa Ferréol) is involved in a swan-related car accident near the zoo. The accident kills two other women, the wives of two twin zoologists, Oliver and Oswald Deuce (Brian and Eric Deacon). Alba is lucky enough to escape with one leg. Eventually her doctor also removes the…  See more details below

Overview

This twisted black comedy is obsessed in turn with swans, twins, and decay. Alba Bewick (Andréa Ferréol) is involved in a swan-related car accident near the zoo. The accident kills two other women, the wives of two twin zoologists, Oliver and Oswald Deuce (Brian and Eric Deacon). Alba is lucky enough to escape with one leg. Eventually her doctor also removes the other "because it was dangerous for the spine." Meanwhile, the Deuce brothers, as a result of losing their wives, have become fascinated with the decay of corpses, and they start making rather gruesome time-lapse films to examine the process more thoroughly. Both brothers become involved with Alba. Needless to say, this film may not appeal to everybody.

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Like most Peter Greenaway films, the appeal of A Zed & Two Noughts is totally subjective. It all depends on one's tolerance for non-narrative filmmaking . Greenaway never gives the viewer an easy way into the film: plot details are doled in an off-hand, irregular fashion and the characters speak to each other in a series of cryptic sound bites dense with artistic and literary references that will be lost on many viewers. The film is easier to appreciate if approached as a puzzle box for the mind, one that happens to revolve around themes of birth, death, symmetry, and the slender differences between man and animal. Thus, A Zed & Two Noughts is pretty challenging fare but has plenty to offer the patient viewer. For instance, the film is impeccably crafted: Sacha Vierny's stunning cinematography overflows with eye-popping color and Michael Nyman's frenetic, hypnotic score rivals the most intense work of Philip Glass. The actors handle their difficult, often elliptical characterizations with skill, with Andréa Ferréol making the most vivid impression as the woman who changes the lives of the twin brother protagonists in an earth-shaking fashion. In short, A Zed & Two Noughts is not a film for those who love straightforward narratives but is well worth a look to adventurous viewers looking for a challenge that is easy on the eyes.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
UPC:
0795975109734
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
NR
Source:
Zeitgeist Films
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
45,103

Special Features

Restored anamorphic transfer, created from hi-def elements; Peter Greenaway commentary and video introduction; Behind-the-scenes footage from?O, Zoo!, a documentary by Philip Hoffman; Six "Decay" sequences; Snail sketches; English subtitles for the hearing impaired; Original theatrical trailer; Essays by Greenaway and film critic Jonathan Marlow

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andréa Ferréol Alba Bewick
Brian Deacon Oswald Deuce
Eric Deacon Oliver Deuce
Frances Barber Venus de Milo
Joss Ackland Van Hoyten
Gerard Thoolen Van Meegeren
Guusje van Tilborgh Caterina Bolnes
Jim Davidson Joshua Plate
Agnes Brulet Beta Bewick
Wolf Kahler Felipe Arc-en-Ciel
Geoffrey Palmer Fallast
David Attenborough Narrator
Ken Campbell Stephen Pipe

Technical Credits
Peter Greenaway Director,Screenwriter
Henry Hall Musical Direction/Supervision
Sharon Howard-Field Casting
John Wilson Editor
Kees Kasander Producer
Patricia Lim Costumes/Costume Designer
Sara Meerman Makeup
Nicole Mora Makeup
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Peter Sainsbury Producer
Ben Van Os Production Designer
Dien van Straalen Costumes/Costume Designer
Sacha Vierny Cinematographer
Denis Wigman Production Manager

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Zed and Two Noughts
1. The Accident [5:27]
2. How Fast Does a Woman Decompose? [5:14]
3. Looking for a Red Herring [6:17]
4. Prawns and Butterflies [5:46]
5. Egg-Bound [6:34]
6. Oliver's Breakfast [5:09]
7. A Great Reputation for Stitching [8:38]
8. A Personal View of Evolution [6:51]
9. Alba's Imprisonment [8:37]
10. Father(s) [6:50]
11. Symmetry Is All [5:56]
12. Below the Ears, At the Shoulder [6:05]
13. Felipe Arc-en-Ciel [7:38]
14. A Woman and an Apple [4:57]
15. Incubation [5:10]
16. The Swan's Triumph [6:39]
17. An Elephant Never Forgets [7:06]
18. Nine Months [5:17]
19. End Credits [2:27]

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