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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover

1990 / 124min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: PETER GREENAWAY

CAST: RICHARD BOHRINGER, RICHARD BOHRINGER, MICHAEL GAMBON, MICHAEL GAMBON, HELEN MIRREN, HELEN MIRREN

Although I’ve read that Peter Greenaway intended this tale of haute cuisine, sex, violence, revenge and cannibalism as an allegory for Thatcherism, I just dig it for the painterly compositions, the rapturous kitchen scenes (I’ve never worked in one like that), the crazy as a loon performance by Michael Gambon (Harry Potter fans hold your sorting hats), and the smokin’ hot Helen Mirren in Jean-Paul Gaultier.