Draughtsman's Contract

Draughtsman's Contract

Director: Peter Greenaway

Cast: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Anne-Louise Lambert

     
 

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The Draughtsman's Contract is considered to be Peter Greenaway's initiation into the world of avant-garde filmmakers. The game-like structure of the movie, its striking visuals, and its stunning score make for a very good, if not entirely successful, DVD. Greenaway's amazing visuals are a beauty to behold here. Candlelit interiors and bold scenes lit bySee more details below

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The Draughtsman's Contract is considered to be Peter Greenaway's initiation into the world of avant-garde filmmakers. The game-like structure of the movie, its striking visuals, and its stunning score make for a very good, if not entirely successful, DVD. Greenaway's amazing visuals are a beauty to behold here. Candlelit interiors and bold scenes lit by daylight consistently impress. The transfer is of a high quality; there is simply marvelous eye candy throughout. Sadly, the 1.66:1 widescreen presentation does not seem to represent the original aspect ratio, as opening titles are a tad cropped and some frames aren't allowed to maintain the director's famed symmetrical look. Sound-wise, it is a mixed bag; the dialogue is very clear and sound effects sparkle, but Michael Nyman's score is too low in the mix, as it sounds consistently tinny. Nyman fans, familiar with his style and/or these compositions, will be disappointed with this quiet Mono representation. Special features are best labeled sparse. "Scene Access" allows instant access to the movie's nine chapters. "Production Credits" simply list the cast and crew over two screens. The "Filmographies and Awards" section offers the usual, brief list of information for actors Higgins, Suzman, and Lambert, as well as director Greenaway. With this DVD release, a great Greenaway movie has been given a not so great, but still very good digital life.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Draughtsman's Contract is a seductive cinematic puzzle, with all the visual richness and style that have come to be associated with the film's director, Peter Greenaway. Like other Greenaway efforts, the story is dense with multiple layers. Deception, both of fact and motive, permeate the texture to the point that there is almost too much for audiences to assimilate in one viewing. While the performances are uniformly excellent, it is Greenaway's ability to create a vivid historical setting that most distinguishes the film. Michael Nyman's carefully crafted and historically appropriate score contributes greatly to the verisimilitude. The cinematography is unusually straightforward for a Greenaway film, with numerous static camera set-ups providing a head-on look at the proceedings.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1999
UPC:
0720917519623
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Filmographies & awards; Production credits

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Higgins Mr. Neville
Janet Suzman Mrs. Herbert
Anne-Louise Lambert Mrs. Talmann
Hugh Fraser Mr. Talmann
Vivienne Chandler Laundress
Suzanne Crowley Mrs. Pierpont
David Gant Mr. Seymour
Tony Meyer The Poulenas
Steve Ubels Mr. Van Hoyton
Joss Buckley Mr. Porringer
Neil Cunningham Mr. Noyes
Michael Feast The statue
Dave Hill Mr. Herbert
Geoffrey Larder Mr. Hammond
David Meyer Mr. Poulenc
George Miller Valet
Nicholas Amer Mr. Parkes
Mike Carter Mr. Clark

Technical Credits
Peter Greenaway Director,Screenwriter
Sue Blane Costumes/Costume Designer
Curtis Clark Cinematographer
John Wilson Editor
Michael Nyman Score Composer
David Payne Producer
Bob Ringwood Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Scene Access
0. Scene Access
1. Bawdy Tales [11:12]
2. Perspectival Apparatus [13:09]
3. Eden [14:03]
4. A Time to Bloom [7:41]
5. A Witness to Misadventure [10:48]
6. Composing One's Self [8:42]
7. Character Studies [14:27]
8. The Hague [15:51]
9. Pineapple [11:33]

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