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The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 1 [1969] [DVD]

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  • Directors: Peter Greenaway
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CGD1G
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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

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'A Walk Through H is one of the best British movies of the decade... You could call it a cross between vintage Borges 'fiction' and a Disney True Life Adventure.' --Tony Rayns, Time Out

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In these early short films we can find the principal ideas of the future work of Greenaway, his interest in the shapes of the landscape and the cinematographic language. Excellent edition from British Film Institute. All the films have spanish, deutsch, italian, french dutch and english subtitles.
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One feels compelled to point out, that if the viewer enjoyed films like The Draughtsman's Contract, Drowning by Numbers, The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover and The Pillow Book... it doesn't necessarily mean that you'll enjoy this collection of early short sketches and visual experiments. Greenaway's student work is charming, though decidedly non-linear... with projects like Water Wrackets and A Walk Through H making his later, more-polarising work, like Prospero's Books and 8 ½ Women, look like the most conservative pieces of narrative cinema ever created. Greenaway's style during this period was very much toying with the form of the documentary, with films like Windows, Dear Phone and the two aforementioned, really laying the groundwork for his later work, whilst also, to some extent, establishing the various personal idiosyncrasies that would pepper his first feature-length project, The Falls.
All of the films featured here are short in form, though filled with huge ideas, with many of the films, most notably Water Wrackets and Windows, really using their initial simple set up to explore deeper themes and ideas that don't necessarily become clear until the second or third viewing (much like the various layered themes at work within his best films, like A Zed and Two Noughts and The Draughtsman's Contract). Greenaway's work, even the ones that might seem fairly straightforward, are always about more than one thing, which means that many of these projects might seems infuriatingly slight upon first experiences, though certainly, perseverance and a lot of thought eventually exposes more interesting elements away from the surface pretensions.
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I you like Greenaway don't miss it, all the elements of his future works are already in place.

Very interesting as well the short presentations of each work: you can chose to watch the introduction just before the feature if you wish.

In the product description there is no mention of the multilingual subtitles in this DVD (among them Italian, French, German), but they are very useful indeed.
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This realy is some older work. recommended for they ho love the art from Peter greenaway.
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