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Early Years of Peter Greenaway: The Shorts

"He has other reputations as well--as an academic, as a maker of curious artifacts, as a cataloguer of the bizarre and as a librarian of the absurd." Peter Greenaway might well have been describing himself in this thumbnail sketch of Canton Remodell, a character in an unmade project. Before his international arthouse hits like THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER, Greenaway made a series of highly inventive films that established all the obsessions that run through his later work.

The content of the six playful shorts featured varies widely--from the condensed, wry history of 37 people who have fallen to their deaths from windows (WINDOWS), to a sequence of 92 maps to guide a dead ornithologist on his way into the afterlife (A WALK THROUGH H) set to a thrilling score by award-winning composer Michael Nyman (THE PIANO). All of these quirkily delightful works take great pleasure in outlandish detail, fake erudition and corkscrew narratives.

Running Time
89 mins
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2 videos included

Comments (2)

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J. P.

A Walk Through H hell my attention until the end. It's a fascinating film.

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J. P.

As a former film student, these are films that I wish I had made particularly the first one: "Windows". I imagine an audience totally enraptured and wondered what was next. Great film idea, great execution.