Director: Peter Greenaway
A beautifully written and acted drama and yet a highly intellectual film, The Draughtsman's Contract combines the English tradition of film making with a murder story set in the 1690's.
At the end of the seventeenth century a time of peace and imperial consolidation lay ahead of England, and the gentry now would build grand mansions , plant parks and gardens, and patronise the Arts—then employ painters to record its wealth and possessions.
Visiting the large estate of Mr. Herbert, at Compton Anstey, the young draughtsman, Mr. Neville, is persuaded to sign a contract which offers him the freedom of Mrs. Herbert's person for the prize of twelve drawings of house and gardens. His obsession with detail and truthfulness soon leads him deep into a domestic intrigue which makes him look suspect in more than one sense.
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Canada, UK, Poland, The Netherlands, 2007
“Rembrandt is captured in all his joyful, bawdy, self-analyzing ways, prey to passions and capable of real love.” - Variety ... Director Peter Greenaway (The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover… More »
“Sex, lies and draughtsmanship.” - Guardian ... Still one of Greenaway's best films to date, The Draughtsman's Contract (MIFF 83) delves into the twisted hedonism and rhetoric of 17th century ari… More »
MIFF programmer Nick Moore talks with minimalist composer Michael Nyman, who has written the scores for dozens of films including The Piano, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and The Draughts… More »
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