“A well-constructed plot that's both playful and thematically significant.” Empire ★★★★
We celebrate British auteur Peter Greenaway’s 80th birthday with this 40th anniversary re-release of his first major feature, originally funded and now remastered in 4K by the BFI.
In rural Wiltshire at the end of the 17th century, Mrs. Herbert hires artist Mr. Neville to produce a series of drawings of her country house as a gift for her inattentive husband, to be carried out while he is away on business. Their contract requires Mrs. Herbert’s sexual compliance to the draughtsman, an arrangement that she begins to question as his sexual advances become increasingly aggressive. With Michael Nyman’s Purcell-inspired score permeating throughout and visuals influenced by Caravaggio, Vermeer and Rembrandt, The Draughtsman’s Contract is a work of cinematic art unlike anything seen before, now beautifully remastered by the BFI National Archive.
Sexual violence, nudity, implied very strong language
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Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Anne Louise Lamber, Hugh Fraser