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8 1/2 Women [DVD] [1999]

John Standing , Matthew Delamere , Peter Greenaway    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Standing, Matthew Delamere, Vivian Wu, Toni Collette, Amanda Plummer
  • Directors: Peter Greenaway
  • Writers: Peter Greenaway
  • Producers: Bob Hubar, Denis Wigman, Jimmy de Brabant, Kees Kasander, Kosaku Wada
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KOXR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,654 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Following the death of the mother, a father and son open up a brothel in their Genevan estate after watching Fellini's "8 1/2".

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: From Peter Greenaway, one of Britain's most controversial directors, 8 1/2 Women is a laconic black comedy that examines the age-old phenomenon of male sexual fantasy, its roots and consequences. A rich businessman from Geneva acquires eight and a half pachinko parlors in Kyoto, Japan. They are run by his son who is fascinated by earthquakes. When the father's beloved wife dies, the son takes him to see Federico Fellini's film 8 1/2 to distract him from his grief and rekindle some interest in the opposite sex. Inspired by Fellini's vision, they bring eight and a half women from Japan and Europe and turn the father's Geneva mansion into a private harem. Amanda Plummer, Toni Collette, Polly Walker and Vivian Wu (the protagonist of Greenaway's previous film The Pillow Book), head the cast of this multi-layered film that failed to reach the degree of critical acclaim of Greenaway's previous works.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...8 1/2 Women ( 8.5 Women ) ( Eight and a Half Women )

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre sexual comedy 8 Jan 2009
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
There's a kind of French farce/Marquis de Sade/Japanese porn feel to this self-indulgent romp from Brit auteur Peter Greenaway. It's kind of a "God, I'm bored and I've got so much money and what the heck let's turn the Geneva mansion into a bordello, a different woman in every room and Dad and I will have lots of fun and bond" thing. "I mean mom's gone now, Dad, and you never really got out and now it's time to live." So father and son go naked a lot with lots of babes who are also naked a lot.

Matthew Delamere (Storey) is the son and John Standing (Philip) is the father. It's a bit creepy seeing them sharing the same bed naked. In fact it's a bit creepy seeing John Standing naked, period. But that's part of the Greenaway intent. Let's shock the bourgeoisie. It's such fun to do stuff that will make them squirm.

They hissed at Cannes when this was shown (I understand; I wasn't there). It was first released in the Czech Republic, which says something, but I'm not sure what. It was banned in Malaysia--but that's pretty standard. The women are bizarre but, to be honest, intriguing. The story isn't much of a story. The rationale for suddenly taking on the life of the libertine is slight (Philip's wife dies) and a bit late in the coming. (And no pun intended.)

The story starts in Tokyo with Storey helping Simato, a pachinko addict played by Annie Shizuka Inoh, avoid financial trouble in exchange for sexual favors. But never mind. As I said, the story doesn't matter. What matters is the outrageousness of the events (mostly sexual) and the beautiful sets. That's it.
Most interesting thing in the film is Polly Walker who has both sex appeal and charisma.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment. 1 Feb 2010
I've been a big fan of PG from way back when. But after the Baby of Macon he seemed to lose his way. 8 1/2 Women just left me stone-cold; no real humour, stodgey story-line and absolutely no sleekness of lighting and glorious music that so-much defined the beauty of Peter's work. I'm looking forward to a resurgence soon and hope he makes great films again very soon.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
Despite being hissed at Cannes this film is still well worth seeing and improves on repeated viewings.

Greenaway has his protagonist ask if all directors make films to fulfil their own sexual fantasies, and we must assume (unless he is pulling our collective leg) proceeds to do exactly that, as Emmenthal pere et fils assemble a harem of female stereotypes in their mansion. As well as the obvious Fellini reference, the film harks back to "A Zed and Two Noughts" in a number of respects, in the sort of intertextual game-playing Greenaway fans will know and love.

As with all Greenaway's work since The Falls, the photography is ravishing. No-one makes films which look better. It's unfortunate that he's not found a musical collaborator to equal Michael Nyman, but you can't have everything. He may not be sweeping the art-house scene before him these days (in fact there's not much of a UK art-house scene left these days), but in the end, slightly below-par Greenaway is better than 99% of directors can even aspire to.
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people's perceptions of great art always amuses me + how it varies so widely with truly intelligent + innovative artforms + so it is with "8 1/2 Women" by Peter Greenaway..

with so many other reviews on amazon already - i will keep mine brief. if you're a fan of Fellini's rich film legacy (over rich visual language perhaps), a fan of witty dialogue, arresting cinematography, decadent allusion, bathing pigs, horses, pachinko parlours, geisha's with odd male/female gender preferences, wayword nuns, pervy sons + slightly less pervy fathers ,shimmering chiascuro scenes , grand chateau scenes, males as well as female nudity and endlessly inventive imagery ? if thats a yes to any, or most of this list - then Peter Greenaway's late 1990's loose homage to Fellini's 8 1/2 is for YOU. the dialogue in particular betwen the father + son as they "procure" their 8 1/2 women - bristles with intelligence + humour . a joy.

its been a long time since a film ticked (+tickled) so many boxes in what i seek in arthouse film. Greenaway + his beautifully judged cast of wayward characters here - never fail to entertain, amuse, provoke and surprise. an absolute joy of a film and for me - so much more better realised than his stodgy "The Cook,Lover,Thief".

Frederico F would have approved i'm sure..
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