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Reinventing Tulse Luper,
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This review is from: The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 2  [DVD] (DVD)
Peter Greenaway considers the two films included in this second volume of his early works, specially The falls, the most emblematics of his career as filmmaker: they are an inventory of his most beloved obssessions,a synthesis of his previous achievements as director interested in experimentation in movies and a seed of future projects.
In VERTICAL FEARURES REMAKE ( 1976 ) he introduces again the figure of Tulse Luper, a fictional character that later would be the "protagonist" of a film trilogy ( "Tulse Luper stair case" series ). V.F.Remake is a sarcastic and playful parody of structuralism theorising, academic criticism and cultural institutions around a false documentary and his many reconstructions.
THE FALLS ( 1978 ) is a catalogue of 92 invented biographies of people whose name begins with the word " falls " and affected
by an unknown illness ( the U.V.E. ) in some way connected with birds and flying.This is a seminal work of Greenaway's particular mithology that works as a game of mirrors in which he blends bizarre situations, human mutations, false interviews, archive footage, ironic self-references ( he introduces in a new context stuff of his previous films ) and conceptual playing inside an structure that by its peculiar characteristics and form, as the director has told, can be reformulated and extended "ad infinitum". " The falls " is probably the film that better illustrates Greenaway's cinema conception and his voluptuous and enciclopedic spirit:his passion for catalogues and dictionaries; his interest in structuralism and conceptual games; his taste in weird artefacts, bizarre invention, the theatre of absurd and barroque visual compositions, also as his miscellaneous erudition. All this packed in an only film directed with fine irony and amazing visual invention.
The scores of both films have been composed by Michael Nyman and this DVD edition supervised by Greenaway himself.
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2009 18:48:06 GMT
Richard Shewmaker says:
Thank you for noting the DVD's contents. "Synopsis: A collection of film shorts." is more than useless, since I think most people would expect more than two movies in a "collection."
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2010 23:24:56 GMT
What hasn't been noted is that "VFR" is almost an hour long; and "The Falls" is over 3 hours long. This is 4 hours of the most dizzying filmplay Britain has ever produced, on one disc. If you consider "H is for House" a film, then you have to consider that "The Falls" is 92 films.
Posted on 13 Jan 2015 11:01:28 GMT
May I ask you if this BFI DVD comes with English subtitles?
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