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With: Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Richard Bohringer, Alan Howard, Tim Roth, Ciaran Hinds
Written by: Peter Greenaway
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 124
Date: 09/11/1989

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1990)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Food for Thought

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Peter Greenaway's biggest hit and most straightforward film was one of the best films of 1990 with its colorful and depraved look at a secret love tryst in a snooty restaurant. Helen Mirren plays the thief's wife who leaves the table for meetings with her lover (Alan Howard). The most unforgettable moment has them hiding out naked in a truck full of rotting meat and maggots. Greenaway's innovative camera steals the film, roaming horizontally back and forth along the walls of the various colored rooms. Most of Greenaway's films fall right over the edge with their disturbing pretensions, but The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover manages to mesh a wicked sense of humor with a vivid sense of horror, with enough closeted poetry left over that scholars can read anything into it. Tim Roth also stars.

DVD Details: Anchor Bay Entertainment's (currently out of print) DVD contains a glistening picture and sound, plus a theatrical trailer, but no real extras.

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