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The Draughtsman’s Contract

The Draughtsman’s Contract

Oct. 02, 1982 UK 103 Min.
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Anthony Higgins isMr. Neville
Mr. Neville
Janet Suzman isVirginia Herbert
Virginia Herbert
Dave Hill isHerbert
Herbert
Anne-Louise Lambert isSarah Talmann
Sarah Talmann
Hugh Fraser isMr. Talmann
Mr. Talmann
Neil Cunningham isThomas Noyes
Thomas Noyes
David Meyer isPoulenc Brother
Poulenc Brother
Tony Meyer isPoulenc Brother
Poulenc Brother
Nicholas Amer isMr Parkes
Mr Parkes
Suzan Crowley isMrs Pierpont
Mrs Pierpont
Lynda La Plante isMrs Clement
Mrs Clement

Synopsis

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.

The Draughtsman’s Contract
The Draughtsman’s Contract
The Draughtsman’s Contract
Original title The Draughtsman's Contract
IMDb Rating 7.3 7,832 votes
TMDb Rating 6.9 58 votes

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