Known for films that are characterised by a heady mix of art and sex, Peter Greenaway is considered by many as one of the most prolific film directors of recent times. Now, across three nights, World Movies presents a collection of some of his most eclectic and polarising films.
Monday 6 October 8.30pm: The Pillow Book (1996, UK/France/Luxembourg/Netherlands)
As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko’s father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on bodies, and her sexual odyssey is a “parfait mélange” of classical Japanese, modern Chinese, and Western film images. Stars Ewan McGregor and Vivian Wu.
Tuesday 7 October 8.30pm: Baby of Macon (1993, England)
This controversial film sees a repulsive, sterile old woman give birth to a child who quickly becomes a symbol of rebirth and fertility, resulting in a chain of hysteria about divine intervention. Stars Ralph Fiennes.
Wednesday 8 October 8.30pm: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1990, USA)
The wife of an oafish restaurant owner becomes bored with her husband and considers an affair with a regular patron.