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History of the Avant-Garde*
THE EARLY FILMS OF PETER GREENAWAY 1
A Walk Through H | H is for House | Windows | Intervals | Dear Phone | Water Wrackets
He has other reputations as well- as an academic, as a maker of curious artefacts, as a cataloguer of the bizarre and as a librarian of the absurd.
Greenaway might as well have been describing himself in this thumbnail sketch of Canton Remodell, a character in an unmade project. Before his international arthouse hit The Draughtsman's Contract Greenaway had made a series of highly inventive and witty short films. Their content varies widely: the potted history of 37 people who have fallen to their deaths from windows (Windows), a sequence of 92 maps to guide a dead ornithologist on his way into the afterlife (A Walk Through H ), but all the films are immensely playful and take pleasure in outlandish detail, fake erudition and corkscrew narratives. Composer Michael Nyman started his career with Peter Greenaway and contributed a thrilling score to A Walk Through H.
DVD extras include a Galley of Artworks, a Gallery of Archives, filmed introductions to all six films by Peter Greenaway plus hidden features.
UK | 1969 1978 | colour and black & white | 87 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
* A series of video releases featuring the best of radical and innovative filmmaking from the first hundred years of cinema