Of all contemporary narrative filmmakers, Peter Greenaway is probably the most art-conscious, the most concerned with form and surface to the exclusion of traditional priorities like story and character. In his latest film, The Pillow Book, the bodies of Greenaway's actors literally become the canvas on which artistic pursuits--in this case, calligraphy--are carried out. This function for flesh is at least easier to take than what happens in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, the ...
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