The Draughtsman's Contract

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Time Out says

Although set in an English country house in 1694, this is essentially science fiction of the most dazzling kind, being a far more vivid exploration of an alien world than 99 per cent of big budget Hollywood films. The story about a painter who undertakes to draw an estate is as intriguing as the culture it displays. Greenaway's 17th century is a place of ribald honesty as well as unfathomable mystery, and it revels in the spoken word. Of course this is non-genre, low-budget cinema, and some people will be irritated by its singlemindedness; but for others it's proof that wit can sometimes carry a film to places special effects just don't reach.
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Release details

UK release:

1982

Duration:

108 mins

Cast and crew

Music:

Michael Nyman

Cinematography:

Curtis Clark

Producer:

David Payne

Screenwriter:

Peter Greenaway

Art Director:

Bob Ringwood

Cast:

Dave Hill, Hugh Fraser, Anne Louise Lambert, Janet Suzman, Neil Cunningham, David Gant, Anthony Higgins

Editor:

John Wilson

Director:

Peter Greenaway

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