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Early Greenaway comes back

Posted at 4:14 PM on September 6, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Director Peter Greenaway seems to pop up in strange ways in my life.

There was the time I began to doubt the wisdom of a friendship I had with a young lady after she told me she really didn't want to sit through the second half of Greenaway's 3 hour epic "The Falls." It's a weird film, and probably one of his strangest, and I acquiesced to her suggestion. I have to admit though that I have regretted it ever since, and one day I hope to see it all the way through.

Then there was the time I was in Montreal and stumbled across a Greenaway film I had never heard of being shown in an art museum I meant to write down the name, but never did, and again I have regretted it ever since.

And then of course "A Zed and Two Noughts" which I first heard about as I was walking with a friend through a wood in northern Wisconsin. He described a strange film about love, death, sex, decay, and the strange relationship between two brothers who both lose their wives in a freak car crash caused by a swan outside a zoo. It sounded fascinating and it is.

This one I have finally seen, and you can too at the Walker this weekend. A new print of "A Zed and Two Noughts" and of "The Draughtsman's Contract" are being screened at various times Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

They both display Greenaway's fascination with architecture, multi-levelled stories and broad sets riddled with tiny details.

They aren't for every one, but be careful, they are strangely addictive, and Peter Greenaway may start popping up in your life.

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