The Draughtsman's Contract

The Draughtsman's Contract

By Peter Greenaway

  • Genre: Peter Greenaway
  • Release Date: 1983-06-22
  • Advisory Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Director: Peter Greenaway
  • Production Company: British Film Institute
  • iTunes Price: GBP 4.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
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Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylised, erotic country house murder mystery, which has not been available on video in the UK for several years. In an apparently idyllic 17th century Wiltshire, an ambitious draughtsman is commissioned by the wife of an aristocrat to produce twelve drawings of her husbands estate and negotiates terms to include sexual favours from his employer. But when a corpse is dragged from the moat, the draughtsmans drawings may reveal more than he realised. Extravagant costumes, a twisting plot, elegantly barbed dialogue and a mesmerising score by Michael Nyman make the film a treat for ear, eye and mind. Peter Greenaway, who worked closely with the BFI for the release comments: "should an artist draw what he sees or draw what he knows? Sight and knowledge are not at all the same thing. Seeing and believing. Just because you have eyes does not mean you can see."