The Draughtsman's Contract
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The Draughtsman's Contract
Peter Greenaway's first fiction feature (after the mock-documentary The Falls) made him immediately famous and was named one of the most original films of the 1980s by British critics. The action is set in the director's beloved 17th century. Ambitious young artist Mr. Neville (Anthony Higgins) is invited by Mrs. Herbert (Janet Suzman) to make 12 elaborate sketches of her estate. Besides money, the contract includes sexual favors that Mrs. Herbert will offer to the draughtsman in the absence of Mr. Herbert. Entirely confident in his ability to weave a web of intrigues, Mr. Neville… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Artificial in the extreme, it may nevertheless be Greenaway's most naturalistic and easygoing film."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"One of the best, most original and diabolical films to come out of England."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Draughtsman's Contract is a thoroughly entertaining murder mystery set in 17th century England."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It shows the director at his best and most playful, and it's a strange delight."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"ravishingly beautiful"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Far from Greenaway's best work. Very far."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A puzzle book for intellectual aesthetes."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Greenaway ploughs the familiar landscape of the murder mystery, but plants in it new, exotic fruits all of his own."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"This isn't your standard costume drama fare."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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