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The Draughtsman's Contract

The Draughtsman's Contract
  • 1982
  • UK
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Peter Greenaway
  • Written by: Peter Greenaway
  • Cast: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Anne-Louise Lambert, Hugh Fraser

Sumptuous, seductive enigma in which a young artist accepts a commission from a country manor and also accepts payment in sexual favours. But is there more to this than meets the eye? Baroque Greenaway period piece, re-released in a new print.

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Mr. Neville (Anthony Higgins), a brash young draftsman, is hired to make 12 landscape illustrations at the estate of Mr. Herbert (Dave Hill) and his wife (Janet Suzman). Aside from monetary compensation, the arrangement includes a sexual liaison offered to Neville by Mrs. Herbert while her estranged husband is away. But when the murdered body of Mr. Herbert is discovered at the estate, mysterious clues found in Neville’s drawings point to the identity of the killer.

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