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The Draughtsman's Contract

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Directed by Peter Greenaway
United Kingdom, 1982
Thriller, Comedy, Mystery, Drama
      English
      English, Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish

Synopsis

An aristocratic wife commissions a young, cocky artist to sketch her husband’s property while he is away, in exchange for room, board, and one sexual favor per drawing. This arrangement soon spirals out of control, and the draughtsman finds him the prime suspect of a murder…

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One of Peter Greenaway’s most purely pleasurable films, The Draughtsman’s Contract is a strange, diabolical, and mischievous twist on the British tradition of period pieces. It’s part sex melodrama, part mystery, fashioned in cheeky wit, scored by Michael Nyman, and shot like a gorgeous painting.

Synopsis

An aristocratic wife commissions a young, cocky artist to sketch her husband’s property while he is away, in exchange for room, board, and one sexual favor per drawing. This arrangement soon spirals out of control, and the draughtsman finds him the prime suspect of a murder…

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The Draughtsman's ContractDirected byPeter Greenaway
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Venice Film Festival
1982

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