The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)

Film Series: The Draughtsman's Contract

September 30, 2014
Steinberg Auditorium

The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), introduced by Ersela Kripa, visiting assistant professor of architecture and urban design in the Sam Fox School

The Draughtman's Contract, Peter Greenaway’s critically acclaimed first conventional feature film, is set in rural 17th-century England and features a talented, opportunistic artist who is contracted to produce a series of landscape estate drawings for a landowner's wife while her husband is away.

Like the iconic architectural drawings from the collection of Alvin Boyarsky featured in the exhibition Drawing Ambience, Peter Greenaway's films also engage the postmodern cultural shift of the 1980s. Using the language of painting, drawing, and architecture—including highly elaborate costume designs and recreations of noted historical buildings and paintings—Greenaway's films expose underlying tensions between past and present, body and garment, passions and reason.