The Baby of Mācon
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The Baby of Mācon
The Baby of Macon is a sumptuous-looking but ultimately shallow tale of manipulation, greed, and religious fanaticism set in Peter Greenaway's favorite, the 17th century. In the city of Macon, an ugly woman suddenly bears a beautiful, healthy baby. Her fellow citizens perceive it as a wonder, with rumors circulating that she could not be the real mother of the child. Her 18-year-old virginal daughter (Julia Ormond) tries to use the situation, claiming that the baby is her own and was born as a result of an immaculate conception. The citizens start to worship the baby and the outraged Roman… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I watched it to the end out of a sense of duty, not with pleasure or any hope of edification."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"It's unpleasant to view, but is not without many rewards if you can be open-minded and sit through its anti-religious views of the nativity."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"No other filmmaker could have made The Baby of Mācon. And no other filmmaker would have wanted to."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
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