The Draughtsman's Contract
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The Draughtsman's Contract
Janet Suzman stars as Mrs. Herbert, a British gentlewoman during the Restoration era. Hoping to solidify her tottering marriage to philandering Dave Hill, Mrs. Herbert arranges for 12 elaborate sketches to be made of their estate. The sketches are to be a surprise gift for her husband, thus Mrs. Herbert secretly contracts with draughtsman Neville (Anthony Higgins). Neville agrees to undertake the job, provided that Mrs. Herbert sleep with him every day. Before long, Neville has seduced everything in petticoats within a radius of five miles -- and has also made himself Number One suspect when… 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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