Draughtsman's Contract

Draughtsman's Contract

Anthony Higgins
Director: Peter Greenaway Cast: Anthony Higgins
Anthony Higgins
, Janet Suzman
Janet Suzman
, Anne-Louise Lambert
Anne-Louise Lambert
Peter Greenaway


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Peter Greenaway's first fiction feature (after the mock-documentary The Falls) made him immediately famous and was named one of the most original films of the 1980s by British critics. The action is set in the director's beloved 17th century. Ambitious young artist Mr. Neville (Anthony Higgins) is invited by Mrs. Herbert (Janet Suzman) to make 12 elaborate sketches of her estate. Besides money, the contract includes sexual favors that Mrs. Herbert will offer to the draughtsman in the absence of Mr. Herbert. Entirely confident in his ability to weave a web of intrigues, Mr. Neville eventually becomes a victim of someone else's elaborate scheme. The film is structured as a sophisticated intellectual puzzle like the ones popular in the 17th century. There is a lot to pay attention to besides the intrigues -- fancy wigs, conversations by candlelight, English parks, Purcell-inspired baroque music by Michael Nyman, all to please the eyes, soothe the ears, and stimulate the mind.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2008
UPC: 0795975109635
Original Release: 1982
Rating: NR
Source: Zeitgeist Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 24,956

Special Features

Restored anamorphic transfer, created from Hi-Def elements; Peter Greenaway commentary and video introduction; Four deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes footage and on-set interviews; Interview with composer Michael Nyman; Restoration demonstration; Production photos and Draughtsman's sketches; Original theatrical trailer; Essays by Greenaway and cinematographer Curtis Clark

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Higgins Mr. Neville
Janet Suzman Mrs. Herbert
Anne-Louise Lambert Mrs. Talmann
Hugh Fraser Mr. Talmann
Vivienne Chandler Laundress
Suzanne Crowley Mrs. Pierpont
David Gant Mr. Seymour
Tony Meyer The Poulenas
Steve Ubels Mr. Van Hoyton
Joss Buckley Mr. Porringer
Neil Cunningham Mr. Noyes
Michael Feast The statue
Dave Hill Mr. Herbert
Geoffrey Larder Mr. Hammond
David Meyer Mr. Poulenc
George Miller Valet
Nicholas Amer Mr. Parkes
Mike Carter Mr. Clark

Technical Credits
Peter Greenaway Director,Screenwriter
Sue Blane Costumes/Costume Designer
Curtis Clark Cinematographer
John Wilson Editor
Michael Nyman Score Composer
David Payne Producer
Bob Ringwood Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract
1. Exorbitant Terms [11:21]
2. Mr. Neville's Curriculum [6:02]
3. A Presumptory Regime [7:06]
4. Inquisitive Spectators [4:58]
5. Someone Is Getting Careless [9:03]
6. Imprudence and Provocation [7:28]
7. The Sceond Contract [6:19]
8. Pictorial Conceit [4:41]
9. Weighing Significance [8:46]
10. Mr. Noyes' Stratagem [7:23]
11. Allegorical Evidence [6:54]
12. Extra-Contractual Liaisons [9:18]
13. The Three Pomegranates [6:36]
14. Property and Foresight [8:39]
15. End Credits [2:53]

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