The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)

Peter Greenaway's first fiction feature (after the mock-documentary The Falls) made him immediately famous and was named one of the most original films of the 1980s by British critics. The action is set in the director's beloved 17th century. Ambitious young artist Mr. Neville (Anthony Higgins) is invited by Mrs. Herbert (Janet Suzman) to make 12 elaborate sketches of her estate. Besides money, the contract includes sexual favors that Mrs. Herbert will offer to the draughtsman in the absence of Mr. Herbert. Entirely confident in his ability to weave a web of intrigues, Mr. Neville eventually becomes a victim of someone else's elaborate scheme. The film is structured as a sophisticated intellectual puzzle like the ones popular in the 17th century.

Directing:
  • Peter Greenaway

Writing:
  • Peter Greenaway

Stars:
Release Date: 1982-10-02
themoviedb icon 6.9/10
  • Country: GB
  • Language: Nederlands | English | Deutsch
  • Runtime: 103
Anthony Higgins
Anthony Higgi...
Mr. Neville
Hugh Fraser
Hugh Fraser
Mr. Talmann
Nicholas Amer
Nicholas Amer
Mr Parkes
Janet Suzman
Janet Suzman
Virginia Herbert
Anne-Louise Lambert
Anne-Louise L...
Sarah Talmann
David Meyer
David Meyer
Poulenc Brother
Tony Meyer
Tony Meyer
Poulenc Brother
Suzan Crowley
Suzan Crowley
Mrs Pierpont
Lynda La Plante
Lynda La Plan...
Mrs Clement
Michael Feast
Michael Feast
The Statue
David Gant
David Gant
Seymour
Dave Hill
Dave Hill
Herbert
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