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The Baby of Mâcon

Peter Greenaway - The Baby of Mâcon
In a time of plague when the community of the cathedral city of Mâcon is struck with infertility, a beautiful, healthy child is born. He is immediately seen as an opportunity for profit, both by his own sister and by the Church. The newborn brings prosperity and is considered to be a saint. Until greed and ambition lead to his tragic demise.
The Baby of Mâcon is the tale of a child's exploitation. The story is told on stage in a provincial theatre at the height of the Counter-Reformation before an audience with strong appetite for religious melodrama. We do not know whether this narrative is acted or merely real, whether or not we are witnessing the events in a theatre or in a Church, and in the end, we are not certain who are the actors and who are the audience.
Peter Greenaway (born, 1942 in Newport, Wales, lives and works in Amsterdam) trained as a painter for four years, and started making his own films in 1966. He has continued to make cinema in a great variety of ways, which has also informed his curatorial work and the making of exhibitions and installations in Europe from the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice and the Joan Miro Gallery in Barcelona to the Boijmans van Beuningen Gallery in Rotterdam and the Louvre in Paris. He has made 12 feature films and some 50 short-films and documentaries, been regularly nominated for the Film Festival Competitions of Cannes, Venice and Berlin, published books, written opera librettos, and collaborated with composers Michael Nyman, Glen Branca, Wim Mertens, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, Borut Krzisnik and David Lang. His first narrative feature film, The Draughtsman's Contract, completed in 1982, received great critical acclaim and established him internationally as an original film maker, a reputation consolidated by the films, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover, The Pillow Book, and The Tulse Luper Suitcases.
 
 
published in January 1994
English edition
21,5 x 18,5 cm (softcover)
128 pages (32 color ill.)
 
ISBN : 978-2-906571-36-5
EAN : 9782906571365
 
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