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Peter Greenaway on Stage after screening at 19th Tbilisi Film Festival

Peter  Greenaway 

 

                             

Alex Erekle Leonadze  <filmfestivals.com>

 

Day four was marked by personal appearances on the stage of the great hall of the Amirani Theater by special festival guest Peter Greenaway and legendary Soviet Georgian director Griorgi Shengelaya.  

Greenaway's  extravagant 1989 study of sadism, gluttony, tyranny, wild sex between food courses, tantalizing nude scenes with Helen Mirren before she became famous, and even a touch of cannibalism, with the intriguing title of "The Cook, the Thief, his Wife  and her Lover" was shown before a respectfully packed  house at the festival's main hall.  Following the screening Mr. Greenaway instructed and, with sparkling wit, entertained and challenged those who remained for the Q&A in what  amounted essentially to a depth Master Class in filmmaking and the master's view of life and the world in general.  A most fascinating hour far more interesting in fact than the film itself which was shocking at the time but today three decades later is merely disturbing.  The film with which it has perhaps most in common is the mainstream hard core orgiastic porno teaser "Caligula" of 1979 but the Greenaway opus is far more coherent and meaningful.

A younger Helen Mirren (at age 34) was also seen nude in the preceding piece of smut sponsired by the nudie magazine Penthouse.

Today having been Oscarized for her landmark role as the sitting queen of England Ms. Mirren has a Dame befire her bane and is still going strong in her seventies.     

 

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