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Greenaway uses Purcell, but with a twist, it's so clever & very appropriate to this film.
"The Draughtsman's Contract" is a precise, almost mathematical dissection of human motivation, desire, envy and retribution.
It is a difficult film to swallow, but an easy film to understand and appreciate when one knows what to look for.
This is a great example of Greeaway's early work. The Sound track is by Michael Nyman. Video is of mixed quality because Greenaway shot much of it on 16mm film but that only adds... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. V. Clayton
Bad sound on this copy. Spoiled our enjoyment
The movie does not age well, although it still has its moments.
If you'd like to watch a guy have sex with a mother and daughter, and eventually knock one of them up- subsequentially causing his own murder, then this movie is for you!Published 10 months ago by Mandolynn_30
Best for the Scenery.
Some parts were too long or somewhat repeated. Music was interesting. Scenery was great and trues to story.
Peter Greenaway's maddening puzzle of a film, The Draughtman's Contract, involves us in a multi-layered, multi-themed murder mystery involving an artist and an entire cast of... Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by Tristan
I was disappointed to discover that the version was for Zone 1 countries (US & Canada) even though I ordered the DVD via the Australian Amazon site. Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by Noel R. Stone
The Draughtsman's Contract was made near the very height of the post-structuralist semiotic orgy that infected France and Germany and, to a lesser extent, the intellectual circles... Read morePublished on January 29, 2009 by Allan M. Lees
Fairly tame by Greenaway's standards, this costume drama about a man hired to create a series of drawings of an English country estate is neither particularly tedious or grotesque,... Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by William McNeill