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The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover on Laserdisc

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (punctuated onscreen as The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover) is a 1989 film written and directed by Peter Greenaway starring Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and Alan Howard in the titular roles. Tim Roth plays a comical sidekick named Mitchell. This film is a black comedy, known as much for its depiction of cannibalism and frontal nudity as for its lavish and often breathtaking cinematography and formalism. Jean-Paul Gaultier designed the costumes, and Michael Nyman wrote the score. Giorgio Locatelli created the prop food. The titular characters all come together at the lavishly realized Hollandaise Restaurant. Crime lord Albert Spica (Michael Gambon) takes over a high class restaurant run by a French chef (Richard Bohringer) and populates it with his criminal underlings. As Spica continues to abuse his power and goes on tirade after tirade between rounds of abusing the restaurant's staff and patrons, his wife (Helen Mirren) begins a secretive affair with a silent, well read man (Alan Howard) who is a regular at La Hollandaise. Their affair goes on in the presence of many of the knowing restaurant staff. Spica is eventually made aware of this and goes about tracking down and enacting a horrible revenge on the couple in a series of impressively staged and imaginatively grotesque scenes leading up to the ultimate in just desserts. The Thief, Albert Spica (played by Gambon), is a violent gangster and part-owner of Le Hollandais, a restaurant which he and his circle of cronies, including his mother (Smith) and his favorite crony to insult (Roth), visit in the evenings. Although Spica has pretensions to be a gourmet, he is in fact coarse in his tastes and ignorant about cuisine, and is also violent and insulting towards the other guests.


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  • Format: Color, Dolby
  • Studio: Vidmark Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 280 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001AO7GHU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,654 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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