A Zed and Two Noughts

Alba Bewick: A pregnant cripple and you are delighted? Think of what it will do to my sense of balance!

Oswald Deuce: It might help! Give you more stability.

Ah, Peter Greenaway. Though a fan of The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover for forever (last I checked, out of print, not on DVD – prolly is now, though), I only recently discovered the ouevre that is, indeed, Peter Greenaway.

I don’t know why, but none of the others I’ve seen, have I liked as much as my first, (CWTL). Pretentious dialogue, absurd situations – and dialogue, heavy-handed artsy cinematography…and penises.

Do see Lumière et compagnie.

Anyways, A Zed and Two Noughts doesn’t disappoint.


Same old melodramatic score, oversaturation of colors (used pointedly), mediocre, stoic acting, pompus dialogue…a splash of Svenkmeyer, to boot.

Twins lose their wives in a car crash caused by a swan, befriend the now legless driver, film some decomposing stuff, have sex with a zoophile…and more!

You think to yourself, he must have some rich friends, who paid for this…

But there are some beautiful (if someone disconcerting) shots and, if you love words, like I do, you can’t help but be smitting by the patter of his conversations. Also, it is fun to see what he carries through all his films, whether by direct reference or just style. His brief commentary on film is interesting.

Not a must-see, third on the list after CWTL and Pillow Book, in the slot before The Draughtman’s Contract.


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