The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

  The gangster boss, Albert Spica (Michael Gambon) is a monster, as it is in the book – brutal, greedy and without any scruples. Together with his cronies, he literally besieged the gourmet temple, “Le Hollandais” by Master Chef Richard Borst (Richard Bohringer), and drives his wild game with all those present. His wife Georgina (Helen Mirren) suffers terribly from the crude and dehumanizing nature of her husband and is finally a regular guest on an affair with Michael (Alan Howard). Spica of the compound undergoes as he romps and can kill Michael. Whereupon Georgina and avenges itself on culinary revenge meditates …

Art and gluttony, crime and haute cuisine, eros and death are the themes of Peter Greenaway’s masterpiece The cook the thief his wife and her lover / The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover in 1989. In elaborate tableaux, reminiscent of works by the Flemish and Dutch paintings, the celebrated painter, Greenaway trained a macabre dance of death and an opulently staged farewell to the end of art in an era of all-consuming and unscrupulously greedy capitalism has become, for the director of the clear signs a criminal ideology contained. Even those who do not share this gloomy view of the world, and Greenaway’s rigorous assessment at the end of the reign of Thatcher – the craftsmanship, the colors and the extraordinary images that will take the director to his parables, are still full of power and poetry. A masterpiece of postmodern cinema – often were fused visual arts and cinema so closely as in this film.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover Original Title: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover – TV-Tip of the Week Country of production: France, Britain, Netherlands Year of production: 1989 Length: 119 (Min)

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