Goltzius and the Pelican Company

Goltzius and the Pelican Company
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Goltzius and the Pelican Company
United Kingdom, 2012, 127 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Drama, Experimental, Sex
Program: Modern Masters
Language: English English Sub-Titles

Now 70, iconoclast Peter Greenaway has lost none of his contrarian spirit. “Whether you’re Godard or Almodovar or Scorsese, it’s text, text, text,” he recently lamented to the Guardian. “Everything begins with the text and this is a source of great anguish to me. So please let cinema get on with doing what it does best, which is expressing ideas in visual terms.” No surprise then that his latest work is profoundly, stunningly visual. Awash in sexually provocative imagery, this 16th-century tale of duplicity focuses on Goltzius (Ramsey Nasr), a Dutch engraver who runs afoul of the authorities when his reenactments of lustful scenes from the Old Testament—staged under the auspices of F. Murray Abraham’s local nobleman—are deemed to have gone beyond the pale in their carnality.

Greenaway again stakes his claim as one of cinema’s pre-eminent stylists, lending each scene a painterly quality that dazzles the eye. Ever the provocateur, his penchant for various forms of erotic play—threesomes and incest are but two on display—make Goltzius an unforgettable journey into Greenaway’s singular psyche.

Warning: sexually explicit scenes that may disturb.

DIRECTOR: Peter Greenaway
Producer: Kees Kasander
Editor: Elmer Leupen
Screenwriter: Peter Greenaway
Cinematographer: Reinier van Brummelen
Music: Marco Robino
Principal Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Ramsey Nasr, Kate Moran, Giulio Berruti, Anne Louise Hassing
Filmography: Nightwatching (2007), The Tulse Luper Suitcases (2003-2004); The Pillow Book (1996), Prospero’s Books (1991), The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Downing By Numbers (1988), The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)
Print Source: Bankside Films - www.bankside-films.com

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