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      A Zed & Two Noughts

      1985, Fantasy, 1h 55m

      19 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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      Identical twins lose their wives in a car crash caused by a white swan. Both brothers are zoologists and become obsessed with the death and decay of animals. They develop a strange and unusual relationship with the woman driving the car, who is now an amputee.

      • Genre: Fantasy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Peter Greenaway

      • Producer: Kees Kasander, Peter Sainsbury

      • Writer: Peter Greenaway

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Distributor: Skouras Pictures

      • Production Co: Channel Four Films, British Film Institute, Artificial Eye Film, Allarts Enterprises

      Cast & Crew

      Brian Deacon
      Eric Deacon
      Michael Nyman
      Sacha Vierny
      John Wilson
      Ben van Os
      Jan Roelfs
      Patricia Lim
      Sara Meerman
      Nicole Mora
      Denis Wigman
      Marietta De Vries
      Gerrit Martijn
      C. Ware
      Matthew Whiteman

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      • Dec 10, 2010

        My first foray into the work of Peter Greenaway, a filmmaker I have heard much about, and have wanted to get into for awhile, but just never got around to it until now. I was definently not disappointed with my first exposure to him. This film definently has high replay value, as I imagine new layers will show themselves upon repeated viewings. I'll start by saying that visually this movie is flawless. A feast for the eyes if there ever was one. The sets are meticulous. The film is overflowing with symbolism and metaphor. Even the costumes look like they were carefully selected to contribute to the overall feeling of the film. This isn't a case of style over substance either though. This film is dense in it's ideas and how it chooses to get those idea's across. There are a lot of recurring themes here (Grief, Decay, Loss, Rarities etc). So dense that I'm not going to try and explain what I think it all is supposed to mean, especially after first watch. I definently will be revisiting this movie again and again though, and I look forward to seeing more of Greenaway's work in the future. A must see if you enjoy Art House, Dark comedy, the bizarre and so on.

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      • Oct 22, 2009

        A delightfully perverse film. I'm sure that I will never see a better movie fixated on amputation and rotting carrion. As with most Peter Greenaway films, the stylized cinematography, lighting and sets are a marvel. Greenaway is more like a Renaissance painter than a director, and his longtime collaborator Michael Nyman delivers another stirring, processional score which perfectly accents all the slow tracking shots. Real-life twins play two zoologists whose wives are killed in a traffic accident after an escaped swan flies into their car and causes the driver, one Alba Bewick, to lose control. Alba survives, but her leg is amputated. She seems to *enjoy* this new handicap and cheerfully reclines in bed, flaunting her lingerie-clad body to multiple visitors. Meanwhile, the widowed twins become obsessed with post-mortem decay, and begin time-lapse photographing a variety of dead subjects. Gradually, they advance to more and more complex organisms. A few other side plots sneak into the story, including Alba's dalliance with another amputee who's missing *both* legs. Greenaway's usual feast of sex and full frontal nudity is on ample display, and every female character seems to be a whore at heart. If this offends you, you've probably wandered into the wrong film by mistake. If it's not obvious, the title elaborates the spelling of "Z-O-O." I wonder if David Cronenberg saw this movie, prior to writing "Dead Ringers"?

        eric b Super Reviewer
      • Feb 21, 2009

        Too many weird naked men...I don't know about my teacher's taste in movies anymore.

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      • Sep 05, 2008

        [font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Peter Greenaway, "A Zed and Two Noughts" is about two zoologist brothers, Oswald(Brian Deacon) and Oliver(Eric Deacon) Deuce, who both lose their wives in a tragic freak auto accident.(A swan was somehow involved.) In that same moment, they gain a friend in Alba Bewick(Andrea Ferreol, who seems to be game for anything) who survived the same accident but had to have one of her legs amputated.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]Since "A Zed and Two Noughts" is also about zoology, then how should the films of Peter Greenaway be classified? Well, generally they(and I have not seen either "Prospero's Books" or "Belly of an Architect") are about either art or obsession combined with sex. Like with "Drowning by Numbers," this one is also on the obsession side of the ledger, as the brothers become obsessed with death and decay, as they film the decomposition of animals using stop-motion photography. But in this way, the movie is also about immortality as the brothers' films are probably meant for somebody to watch them in the future. Along the same lines, Alba's breeding is a way for a part of her to survive after she dies and a prostitute, Venus de Milo(Frances Barber), has the same thought but goes the publishing route.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]So you can see, there is some intelligent thought going on but that does not always equate to excellence in filmmaking. Whereas he is incapable of making an uninteresting movie, only two of Greenaway's are anything special - "Drowning by Numbers" and "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"(Jane Campion has a similar track record.) and "A Zed and Two Noughts" is another perplexing near miss. The problem here is that none of the emotions are recognizably human. And a reliance on long shots perhaps meant to simulate watching animals in a zoo just serves to alienate the viewer.[/font]

        walter m Super Reviewer

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