The Draughtsman’s Contract

Peter Greenaway's period piece concerns a 17th-century draughtsman (Anthony Higgins) who agrees to make a series of drawings of her country estate for an aristocrat's wife (Janet Suzman) in return for sexual favours. Part picture puzzle, part murder mystery, it's undeniably stylish and intriguing, but also totally unerotic and bleakly existential.

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Peter Greenaway’s period piece concerns a 17th-century draughtsman (Anthony Higgins) who agrees to make a series of drawings of her country estate for an aristocrat’s wife (Janet Suzman) in return for sexual favours. Part picture puzzle, part murder mystery, it’s undeniably stylish and intriguing, but also totally unerotic and bleakly existential.

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