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1980s, Drama

The Cook, the Thief his Wife and her Lover

Released 1989 Rating 18 in UK
Director Peter Greenaway Writer/s Peter Greenaway
Starring Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Alan Howard
Source of story Original screenplay
Elevator Pitch A diabolical mafia boss holds court every day in a restaurant that he owns, and under his nose his wife carries on an affair with a book shop proprietor in the kitchen and the lavatories with, in the end, distressing results.
Content This is a surreal production with the sets changing colour depending on the mood, and the ingredients piled up in the kitchen gradually deteriorating over time. Obviously there is sex!
A View This is a stunning film, with many in the cast who were to become more important later. These included Ian Dury as one of the crime boss’s lackeys. On my “must see” list.

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