Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

I don't know much about opera, but The Cook and his Posse must be one of the greatest restaurant operas ever told.

The cinematography alone is enough to give your eyes an orgasm. Everything is red or black, and you can feel love and death lurking in every scene from the very start.

The story is particularly twisted, besieged by powerful characters who play their parts as chess pieces, in a game where everybody is doomed to lose.

And then, there is song. Sudden and unexpected, yet perfectly fitting, in the absurd universe Peter Greenway has created. Wonderful tunes flow from the genius brain of Mycheal Nyman, captivating and encapsulating your every pore.

At the end of it all you're left like the victim of a traffic accident, wondering what hit you and if you can get whatever it was to hit you again.


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