The Draughtsman's Contract

The Draughtsman's Contract

DVD - 2008
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Set in 17th-century England, an aristocratic wife commissions a young, cocksure draughtsman to sketch her husband's property while he is away-- in exchange for a fee, room and board, and one sexual favor for each of the twelve drawings. As the draughtsman becomes more entrenched in the devious schemings in this seemingly idyllic country home, curious details emerge in his drawings that may reveal a murder.
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LJR68
Oct 01, 2015

Really, really bad.

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Nursebob
Jan 22, 2015

Rarely has the English language sounded so beautiful in a film as it does in this lavish period piece. From the sumptuous cinematography and exaggerated costumes to the razor sharp script it provides a sensuous feast for both eye and ear. Greenaway presents us with a seemingly straightforward murder mystery on a country estate then proceeds to obscure the proceedings with allegorical clues, enigmatic dialogue and the occasional red herring. Solving the crime, however, takes a back seat to the simple pleasure of watching a cinematic artist at work. Brilliant!

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johncruse
Apr 17, 2014

A Halloween dress-up party for children.

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