Greenaway: The Falls (DVD)
Directed by Peter Greenaway
Includes two films by Peter Greenaway: The Falls (1980, 195 mins) and Vertical Features Remake (1978, 44 mins)
Standing at a pivotal point in his filmography, poised between his earlier, witty shorts and the unique pleasures of his post-Draughtsman’s Contractoeuvre, The Falls is arguably the most significant film of Peter Greenaway’s prolific career. Shot as a pseudo-documentary, this magnum opus dazzlingly details 92 case histories of people who have been affected by the VUE (Violent Unknown Event)—a mysterious, apocalyptic phenomenon related to birds, flying, and bizarre invented languages. Perfectly paired with it is Vertical Features Remake, in which a group of self-important academics argue about the work of Tulse Luper, Greenaway’s best-known fictional character and cinematic alter-ego. Michael Nyman (The Piano) provided the score for both films, with back-up from the father of ambient music, Brian Eno.
Also available as part of the box set GREENAWAY: THE EARLY FILMS
DVD Extras Include:
- New transfers of the films
- Video pieces on both films created by Greenaway especially for the DVD release
- Extensive collection of Greenaway’s paintings and collages from 1975-1980 and archival materials on The Falls
- Original BFI production catalogue essay and the original press book for all of the early Greenaway films
- Liner notes by Peter Greenaway
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