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Big screen classics

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway’s dark, allegorical tale is both sumptuous and brutal.

Image from The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Netherlands-UK-France 1989
Dir Peter Greenaway
With Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Richard Bohringer
124min
Digital
Certificate 18

Peter Greenaway’s dark, allegorical tale is both sumptuous and brutal as we follow an adulterous relationship, a criminal boss with no inhibitions and a series of decadent meals. With Michael Nyman’s score, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s costumes and Sacha Vierny’s cinematography providing cultural nourishment, this is a film that some may find hard to stomach but others will find plenty to feed on.

Also available on BFI Player.

The screening on Wednesday 28 February features an intro by Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer.


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