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The Pillow Book

Peter Greenaway - The Pillow Book
Set in Kyoto and Hong Kong at the very end of the 20th century, this film pays homage to The Pillow book written at the very end of the 10th century by court lady Sei Shōnagon.
Peter Greenaway has borrowed much of the sensibility of the original Pillow Book to tell the story of Nagiko, a modern Sei Shōnagon, obsessed with getting her many lovers to write texts on her body. The attention of Greenaway is turned to an ironic demonstration that cinema, despite a hundred years of existence as a supposedly autonomous activity, is invariably text-driven, and almost wholly supported by literature. This edition gathers the film script, plus the translation of the heroin's poems and her personal diary
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 1997
English edition
21,5 x 18,5 cm (softcover)
128 pages (32 color ill.)
 
ISBN : 978-2-906571-52-5
EAN : 9782906571525
 
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