The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
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Director: Peter Greenaway, Peter Greenaway, Peter Greenaway
1989 / 124min / 35mm
Greenaway’s controversial arthouse hit is an elegantly plated but hardly appetizing revenge tragedy set in a gourmet restaurant owned by amoral, appetite-driven gangster/glutton Michael Gambon, much deceived by wife Helen Mirren. Costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier, a lavish score by Michael Nyman, and color-coded cinematography by Sacha Vierny add to the sensorial binge that is this gristly and gruesomely gorgeous portrait of consumer over-indulgence.