Rent The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)

3.5 of 5 from 163 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Peter Greenaway
Others:
Sue Blane
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Romance
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/02/2004
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
Dutch, French
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director commentary
  • Filmed introduction by Peter Greenaway
  • Interview with Michael Nyman
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Deleted scenes
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailers for The draughtsman's contract and A Zed and two noughts
  • Hidden features

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unwatchable! - The Draughtsman's Contract review by CP Customer

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04/12/2009

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.

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