226 Great Directors: Peter Greenaway

“Cinema doesn’t connect with the body as artists have in two thousand years of painting, using the nude as the central figure which the ideas seem to circulate around. I think it is important to somehow push or stretch or emphasize, in as many ways as I can, the sheer bulk, shape, heaviness, the juices, the actual structure of the body. Cinema basically examines a personality first and the body afterward.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Mostly The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover, although I suppose that’s fallen off and now it’s just a whole body of work situation.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A

What Did I Watch: Drowning By Numbers.

Where Does He Fit: Is there a point to the games and frames of Drowning By Numbers? Is there a point to cinema in general? Why not just appreciate something for being beautiful and structured in the vein of a puzzle that is impossible to solve, with every location being filled with an abundance of creativity. Apples, sheep, and baths combine in fascinating intersections while the women play their games that they are the best at thanks to the bribery of an undertaker. Nothing makes sense, but there is still a deep sense of something at the end when that car comes screeching through.


Most Valuable Asset: Throwing everything he knows into one spot.
Most Excited For: The Cook…
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sure.

Coming Up Next: Realist Nelson Pereira dos Santos.


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