The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
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"The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" starts on a particularly memorable note. Big time gangster and thief Albert Spica (Michael Gambon), his wife Georgina (Helen Mirren), and his entourage pull up to the back door of a fancy restaurant run by the fabulous French chef Richard Borst (Richard Bohringer), ready for a night of fine dining and obnoxious behavior. Spica is a notorious brute, a beefy, sadistic thug who enjoys tormenting everyone around him, especially his wife Georgina.Read more ›
I remember when this was released, it had just gotten a very positive review in the NY Times, and the theater was packed. Well, by the end of the film, there were plenty of empty seats. I've never seen so many people walk out on a movie, or in such a steady flow. It was as though the people who found it distasteful had very different levels of tolerance, or perhaps that the film offered an unusually broad selection of potentially offensive subjects. There were actually people who walked out during the last 10 minutes. Still, there were plenty of viewers who were transfixed by this exquisite film, including me. In fact, I had to go see it again the very next day. I can't remember being quite so affected by any movie.
Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon are both very good here, but what really sets this film apart are the stunning, painterly compositions and the lush cinematography (by Sacha Vierny). The brutal violence, the dialogue, the characters and plot all serve as a background to the film's dazzling visual spectacle. This inversion is somewhat typical of Peter Greenaway's films in general, but this is perhaps his masterpiece. In short, I can't imagine a more necessary addition to the DVD canon.
Le Hollandaise is the fictional restaurant setting for Peter Greenaway's controversial 1989 film "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover". It was my first exposure to the work of Peter Greenaway and I fell in love. "Cook" is also Greenaway's most well known, most controversial and, therefore, financially successful film. After watching the film, watching many people walk out, I sought out Greenaway's earlier works and have been a faithful follower of his new films.
The Cook (Richard Bohringer) is the owner of Le Hollandaise, a grand, snooty restaurant serving the elite of London's upper class. He has a reputation for creating the most wonderful dishes. The Thief (Michael Gambon) makes himself a partner of the restaurant, forcing his favors upon the Cook and holding court in the restaurant every evening. His boorish manners and atrocious attitude towards everyone begins to have an effect on The Wife (Helen Mirren). Georgina can't stand her abusive, stupid, loud husband. One evening, she spots The Lover (Alan Howard) sitting alone at another table, his face buried in a book. He looks up. Soon, he follows her into the ladies room and they begin their affair under the nose of her husband. Each night, they become closer but also come closer to getting caught. The Cook soon aids in their liaisons.
In any Greenaway film, the most important aspect of the film is the design. This is closely followed by some sort of system and the story and subject matter closely follow that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was really a terrible movie. There was sex and full nudity, which is always fun to see, but it was ruined by the rest of this incredibly gross movie. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Denny Granstrand
This is perhaps the darkest movie I have ever seen. It has the wonderful Helen Mirren, which made me keep thinking it would get better, but it got darker and darker and left me... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Theresa Romero
A beautiful and disturbing work of art. Difficult to find uncensored, so kudos to Amazon Video for this uncut edition. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donald F. Arseneau
I do so love this film! Some scenes are a bit hard to watch but the emotional effect they give is necessary I think for the viewer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy Parkhurst
Very happy with it. tried to track it down for a number of years. thank you.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this movie, the cloths and the shoes!! Wow, and the music in the background.Published 4 months ago by madame