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..