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IFFBoston Fall Focus presents VOX LUX • Saturday 10/20 at 9:00

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Fri, May 30, 2014

Repertory Series ArchiveReunion Weekend 2014

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

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25th Anniversary!

(1989) dir Peter Greenaway w/Helen Mirren, Alan Howard, Michael Gambon, Richard Bohringer [124 min; 35mm]
The dissatisfied wife (Mirren) of a food-obsessed gangster (Gambon) finds solace in the arms of a bookish restaurant patron – until her husband finds out and some truly Shakespearean vengeance and counter vengeance breaks out. For this legendary film, as gorgeous as it is disturbing, Peter Greenaway brings his skill as a painter to full bear as he presents sumptuous, color-coded tableau throughout the narrative.

“THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE, AND HER LOVER came around at a time when convoluted neo-noir was a sort of call to arms and the twisty thriller was becoming increasingly erotic, sadistic and – as a result – financially viable. Greenaway’s film is a different beast… Just imagine if BLUE VELVET had Frank Booth in every role and you can get the idea.” Justin LaLiberty writes about The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover for Brattle Film Notes

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  • Friday, May 30 at 9:45 PM

Single Feature. Brattle passes accepted.

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