GOLTZIUS AND THE PELICAN COMPANY
Following his offbeat and magnificent portraits of Rembrandt in NIGHTWATCHING and REMBRANDT'S J'ACCUSE, eminent provocateur Peter Greenaway continues his obsession with old Dutch masters, here staging a scene from the life of engraver Hendrick Goltzius. Goltzius (Ramsey Nasr) and his theatrical troupe, the Pelican Company, come to the palace of the Margrave of Alsace (F. Murray Abraham) in Colmar, seeking the nobleman's patronage in order to purchase a printing press. Reputedly a man of high moral standing, it's an open secret that the Margrave's tastes run to the lascivious, and thus the troupe's audition involves staging scenes from the Bible in wildly imaginative, erotically charged tableaux vivant—ostensibly as cautionary tales, but self-evidently as titillating entertainment. Visually stunning, thoroughly ribald and genuinely stimulating—on any number of levels—Greenaway's opus on art and eroticism, on taboo making and breaking, is a must-see for lovers of art and art history. Official Selection, 2012 Rome, 2013 Göteborg Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Peter Greenaway; PROD Kees Kasander. UK/Netherlands/France/Croatia, 2012, color, 128 min. In English, Dutch and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED S V L
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