The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

DVD - 2001
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A modern fable and political satire on the Thatcher years in Britain set at Le Hollandais, a gourmet restaurant. The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant, all observed by the cook. This nightly display of opulence, decadence and gluttony leads to murder, torture and revenge.
Publisher: Troy, MI : Anchor Bay Entertainment Inc., ©2001.
Branch Call Number: DVD COOK THI HI
DV11391 Anchor Bay Entertainment Inc.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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May 07, 2019

Wouldn't play on my machine.

Dec 26, 2018

Watched this years ago because of it's unrated for graphic sexuality. This time, appreciate the review penned by Roger Ebert in 1999:

I submit it is anger--the same anger that has inspired large and sometimes violent British crowds to demonstrating against Margaret Thatcher's poll tax that whips the poor and coddles the rich. Some British critics are reading the movie this way: Cook = Civil servants, dutiful citizens. Thief = Thatcher's arrogance and support of the greedy. Wife = Britannia Lover = Ineffectual opposition by leftists and intellectuals.

Sep 04, 2009

Gorgeous and disturbing. The performances are top notch and is likely the first and only time a Peter Greenaway movie actually made sense from beginning to end.


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Dec 26, 2018

What you've got to realize is that the clever cook puts unlikely things together, like duck and orange, like pineapple and ham. It's called 'artistry'. You know, I am an artist the way I combine my business and my pleasure: Money's my business, eating's my pleasure and Georgie's my pleasure, too, though in a more private kind of way than stuffing the mouth and feeding the sewers, though the pleasures are related because the naughty bits and the dirty bits are so close together that it just goes to show how eating and sex are related. Georgie's naughty bits are nicely related, aren't they, Georgie?

Dec 26, 2018

When you make out a menu, how do you price each dish?
-I charge a lot for anything black. Grapes, olives, blackcurrants. People like to remind themselves of death, eating black food is like consuming death, like saying, "Death, I'm eating you." Black truffles are the most expensive. And caviar. Death and birth. The end and the beginning. Don't you think it's appropriate that the most expensive items are black? We also charge for vanity. Diet foods have an additional surcharge of 30%, Aphrodisiacs, 50%.


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Badgertg Sep 27, 2012

Badgertg thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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