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Tulse Luper Suitcases [DVD]

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  • Actors: JJ Feild, Raymond J. Barry, Michèle Bernier, Valentina Cervi, Caroline Dhavernas
  • Directors: Peter Greenaway
  • Writers: Peter Greenaway
  • Producers: Aleksandr Mikhaylov, Antoni Solé, Bob Bellion, Carlo Dusi, Edmon Roch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: A-Films
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 127.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ND0JI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,521 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Film Credits, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Teaser(s), Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Iconoclastic director Peter Greenaway begins his most ambitious project to date with this feature, the first in a proposed series of films, television programs, and multimedia projects that examine the contents of 92 suitcases, each revealed by title character Tulse Henry Purcel Luper. Broken into three sections spanning 1928 to 1940, The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Part One follows our young hero from age 10, when he is reprimanded by his father for scrawling some graffiti on a wall in his desolate South Wales neighborhood. Years later, Tulse (JJ Field) is a desert explorer who winds up being further punished by the aptly-named dominatrix Passion Hockmeister (Caroline Dhavernas). Finally, in the film's last section, Tulse is in Antwerp at the start of World War II, where he ends up being imprisoned by Nazis. Told in a fractured, non-narrative style, The Tulse Luper Suitcases also incorporates many inter-titles, superimposed images, an ever-present narrator presented in a picture-within-picture format, intentionally fake-looking sets, and many, many references to other Greenaway films and characters. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Tulse Luper Suitcases ( The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story ) ( The Moab Story )

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This is a highly experimental multimedia film, by Peter Greenaway, the first part of a trilogy, but the other two parts have not yet been released. It deals with the 20th century, seen as the Century of Uranium (atomic number 92), in which uranium was discovered in the Colarado Desert, used in nuclear power stations and atomic missiles, and led to the Cold War, which ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Tulse Luper is a kind of "Everyman" who becomes entangled in the history of uranium. This films shows his childhood in Newport, his scientific research and cinematic experiments in Utah, and his political espionage in Belgium in 1938, where he tries to fight against Fascism. Despite his unusual name, Mr Luper is from a working-class coalminer's family in the idyllic town of Newport, South Wales. As a energetic young boy, he jumps over the back walls of gardens, and gets in trouble with his father, who locks young Tulse in the coal shed. To keep himself occupied, Tulse sets about classifying the lumps of coal. He counts out 92 of them and puts them in a suitcase. Throughout the entire story, there are 92 suitcases, each containing 92 objects. Why 92, you may ask? Well, 92 is the number of elements in the Periodic Table, one of the most famous examples of a scientific classification system, and the theory and practice of such systems plays a major role in the structural and artistic framework of this film.

The film's visual appearance is very original, consisting of extensive use of "split screen" techniques, whereby the screen is divided into many separate rectangles, each showing different, but related images. It is refreshing to see such an innovative approach. It makes a change from the somewhat clichéd film techniques we have grown used to.

Definitely worth watching, and quite easy to understand, as long as you know a little about basic science and 20th century history.
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I bought The Tulse Luper Suitcases because I'm a huge J.J. Feild fan, willing to give it a try even though I'm not into Peter Greenaway-stuff at all. So I suspected not to be entertained but irritated. I wasn't disappointed - it was irritating but to my surprise also entertaining. I genuinely liked to watch Tulse Luper always ending up in the weirdest situations and meeting the strangest people, which where cast superbly.

What kept me from giving five stars is the "casting process" at the beginning which totally annoyed me.
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Not Greenaway's best achievement by a long way. While photography and weird locations are of a very high standard, the storyline is confusing, disjointed into segments and just bizarre. Be aware that JJ Field appears nude at one point, daubed in honey. To be honest it was probably the only really amusing piece in this very strange film!
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Gave it as Christmas gift I heard it was good,a bit far out
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