Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylised, erotic country house murder mystery. In an apparently idyllic 17th century Wiltshire, an ambitious draughtsman is commissioned by the wife of an aristocrat to produce twelve drawings of her husband's estate, in return for which he will receive payment, board and bed - hers. Extravagant costumes, a twisting plot, elegantly barbed dialogue and a score by Michael Nyman make the film a treat for ear, eye and mind.
- The Draughtsman's Contract review by Jean Browne
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Oddly creepy - we just couldn't see where this film was going, and only made it to the end of the first 45 minutes. If you're thinking of Restoration Comedy - broad humour, great costumes, political points, good dialogue - forget it! Just a series of unpleasant characters minceing about in hideous, surely exaggerated clothes and wigs, even for the age of excess. The premise was attractive - the film certainly wasn't.