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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

1989

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  • The irritation provoked by The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover leads me nowhere. It's as if Greenaway had all this artistry, including his own, at his disposal and created nothing but a dead piece of meat, for no reason in particular--unless it's to express his contempt for his audience.

  • Peter Greenaway, something of an aesthetic chameleon over his long, varied career, goes to further moment-to-moment extremes of planimetric staging and obsessive symmetry than Kubrick ever did, exaggerating the decorative artifice as a material presence in the film... Greenaway’s camera probes the layers of Albert’s hedonistic den — something of a defective Matryoshka doll that gets increasingly unflattering the more it expands from its innermost form (the luxurious dining hall).