Peter Greenaway's The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover should be known as one of the most beautiful displays production design and costumes. It's a film of such beauty and unique vision that if rarely seen in films. Its amazing how the set for this film was like one gigantic soundstage where Greenaway's camera could move freely throughout, observing and delivering insight through the power of imagery. Besides the beautiful visual & production design, the performances are stellar, with Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren giving searing performances. Gambon, plays Albert, a man so despicable that he may very well be the most despicable character ever committed to celluloid. The Cook, The Theif, His Wife & Her Lover explores the idea of how bad things can be when someone has complete control and power over their surroundings. It shows how much damage can be caused from such control, making for a very smart and interesting commentary, while simultaneously being a fun and dark revenge flick of sorts.
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