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Goltzius and the Pelican Company

Goltzius and the Pelican Company

2012 / Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Croatia / 128 min / N-18
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Director(s) - Peter Greenaway
Screenwriter(s) - Peter Greenaway
Actors - F. Murray Abraham, Ramsey Nasr, Kate Moran, Giulio Berruti, Anne Louise Hassing, Flavio Parenti, Lars Eidinger, Pippo Delbono
Producer(s) - Kees Kasander
Cinematographer - Reinier van Brummelen
Editor(s) - Elmer Leupen
Composer(s) - Marco Robino
Sales agent - BANKSIDE FILMS
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Dialogues - English, Dutch, French
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English

In 1600, the Dutch engraver and printer Goltzius proposed to the liberal-minded Margrave of Alsace to make two grand illustrated books, a version of the Old Testament and a version of Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Goltzius, with the male and female members of his printing and theatrical company, stage six dramatisations of Old Testament erotic stories, symbolising the six sexual taboos of fornication, incest, adultery, paedophilia, prostitution and necrophilia – Adam & Eve, Lot & His Daughters, David & Bathsheba, Potiphar’s Wife, Samson & Delilah, and (from the New Testament) Salome & John the Baptist. 

About Directors

Peter Greenaway (b. 1942 in Newport, Gwent, Wales, United Kingdom)


"The Belly of an Architect" (1987), "Drowning by Numbers" (1988), "The Draughtsman’s Contract" (1982), "The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover" (1989), "Prospero's Books" (1991), "The Pillow Book" (1995), "8 ½ Women" (1999), "The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story" (2003), "The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish" (2003), "The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea" (2004), "A Life in Suitcases" (2005), "Nightwatching" (2007), "Goltzius and the Pelican Company" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").