The Draughtsman's Contract
Directed by Peter Greenaway
The Draughtsman's Contract
Set in a richly exaggerated 17th-century England, Peter Greenaway’s sumptuous and sensuously charged brainteaser catapulted him to the forefront of international art cinema. Adorned with intricate wordplay, extravagant costumes and opulent photography, Greenaway’s first narrative feature weaves a labyrinthine mystery around the maxim “draw what you see, not what you know.” An aristocratic wife (Janet Suzman) commissions a young, cocksure draughtsman (Anthony Higgins) to sketch her husband’s property while he is away—in exchange for a fee, room and board, and one sexual favor for each of the twelve drawings. As the draughtsman becomes more entrenched in the devious schemings in this seemingly idyllic country home, curious details emerge in his drawings that may reveal a murder.
Bolstered by a majestic score by then-newcomer Michael Nyman and stunning cinematography by Curtis Clark that suggests Greenaway has the elements at his beck and call, The Draughtsman’s Contract is a luscious cinematic banquet for eye, ear and mind.
Interested in bringing The Draughtsman's Contract to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
The Draughtsman's Contract may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
RT' @TheLittleRoch': Teaming with our potato-adoring friends at' @AnomalyFilmFest' to bring the brilliant BACURAU back to #Roc in March
RT' @FilmLinc': Sergio Leone's DUCK, YOU SUCKER! plays on March 20 in 35mm, hand-picked by' @kmendoncafilho' &' @jdornelles' as an influence on B…
RT' @jbfc_ny': "A wise and sensitive contribution to a timely debate." (@TimeOutNewYork) Winner of the Best Director prize at #Cannes, the D…
RT' @DPD_': "Young Ahmed" opens today! If you are in NY I really recommend going to see it; it has all of the Dardennes' usual sensitivity an…
Something sinister is happening in the village of Bacurau. Fierce confrontations. Villainous outsiders. But don't…' https://t.co/R0RnHIOkdg'
RT' @FilmLinc': BACURAU, the wild shape-shifter from directors' @kmendoncafilho' &' @jdornelles', opens in two weeks! Tickets now on sale, featur…
Writing for' @ebertvoices', Godfrey Cheshire calls Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's YOUNG AHMED "immediate and affectin…' https://t.co/eFUa7otUtT'
RT' @ebertvoices': 4 stars for YOUNG AHMED, one of the Dardenne brothers' most extraordinary masterpieces' https://t.co/60cn10Gn7Q'' https://t.c…'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-629-6880.