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Zed and Two Noughts, AUnited Kingdom 1985
Directed by Peter Greenaway
Running time 112 minutes
Taking some of the elements from his first and best film, The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), notably the Baroque love of symmetry and counterpoint, and refining them into a manner that would be his calling card for many more films to come we are treated to Greenway’s love of visual and conceptual artifice. Aided and abetted by Sacha Vierny’s photography and Michael Nyman's score, the film is a post-modern aesthete’s delight. The trouble is that this can only sustain for about half the running time before the conceits both visual and verbal start to repeat themselves. This, combined with the slightly creepy preoccupation with death and amputation means that, A Zed and Two Noughts is, for all for all its cleverness, an experience not over soon enough. BH
DVD Extras: Director’s commentary and introduction; Behind-the-scenes footage; Theatrical trailers.
Available in Umbrella Entertainment’s 8 disc box set that also includes A Draughtman’s Contract, Drowning By Numbers, Prospero’s Books, The Baby Of Mâcon, The Pillow Book, 8 ½ Women and a 1992 documentary on the director and his work.
Available from: Umbrella Entertainment