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Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2012)

Director:Peter Greenaway Producer:Kees Kasander, Catherine Dussart, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Igor Nola

Screenplay by:Peter Greenaway Music by:Marco Robino Cinematography:Reinier van Brummelen  Edited by:Elmer Leupen

Running time:2h 8min Country:Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Croatia 

Language:English Genre:Biography, History Subtitle:English 

Starring:Ramsey Nasr as Hendrick Goltzius, F. Murray Abraham as The Margrave of Alsace, Goran Bogdan as Gottlieb,
Truus de Boer as Sophie
, Nada Abrus as Marie, Dusko Valentic as Priest, Milan Plestina as Priest 3, Enes Vejzovic as Churchman 1,
Vedran Zivolic as Joachim
, Katija Zubcic as Beatrice Fereres, Boris Bakal as Messenger,

Vedran Komericki as Churchman, Samir Vujcic as Priest 2, Tvrtko Juric as Priest 4,
The Pelican Company
: Giulio Berruti as Thomas Boethius, Kate Moran as Adaela, Flavio Parenti as Eduard Hansa,
Anne Louise Hassing as Susannah
, Hendrik Aerts as Strachey, Halina Reijn as Portia,

Lars Eidinger as Quadfrey, Pippo Delbono as Samuel van Gouda,
The Margrave’s family and court
: Maaike Neuville as Isadora, Lisette Malidor as Ebola Goyal, Vincent Riotta as Ricardo del Monte,
Francesco De Vito as Rabbi Moab
, Stefano Scherini as Johannes Cleaver


     The film is based on the life of Hendrik Goltzius, a late 16th century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints. He seduces the Margrave of Alsace into paying for a printing press to make and publish illustrated books. Goltzius promises him an extraordinary book of pictures of the Old Testament Biblical stories. Erotic tales of the temptation of Adam and Eve, Lot and his daughters, David and Bathsheba, Joseph and Potiphar''s wife, Samson and Delilah, and John the Baptist and Salome. To tempt the Margrave further, Goltzius and his printing company will offer to perform dramatizations of these erotic stories for his court.

     Goltzius and the Pelican Company is the second feature in Greenaway''s film series "Dutch Masters", which includes the previous film Nightwatching. The third entry in the series will focus on Hieronymus Bosch, and its release is planned to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Bosch''s death in 2016.


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FICE - Federazione Italiana Cinema d''Essai 2014

FICE Award
Best European Director (Migliore Regista Europeo)
Peter Greenaway 

Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival 2013

New Visions Award
Best Motion Picture
Peter Greenaway 

Art-house Cinema at its lewdest best - or Biblical porn masquerading as art?
Author: Tom Dooley from London, United Kingdom
6 April 2015

Goltzius and his pelican company are a band, or troop, of entertainers who want to set up a printing press to produce enlightening pictures of ''art'', the sort of art that gets pulses racing. Well they happen upon the kingdom of The Margrave of Alsace. Where Goltzius sets out to seduce him into funding his entrepreneurial activities and make some cash into the bargain.

In order to do this he is required to put on several plays of a ''Biblical'' nature for the titillation of their imminent (hopefully) financier. The plays all examine the latent sexuality of the stories, and in doing so challenge the hypocrisy of the sixteenth century religious establishment. The plays lead to public debate that starts out as free speech and soon descends into anything but. In the meantime the on stage sexual displays get hotter and lewder to a point where the ''legitimate voyeurism'' of the audience is replaced with something more akin to mob rule or directorial influence. As the analysis falls away it is replaced by accusation and retribution and the audience become the players in what is ever closer to recreation of sins of the past and nothing to do with public debate and discourse.

Now this is a film from Peter Greenaway (''The Cook, the thief, his wife and her lover'') who is known for making controversial stuff. This has full frontal nudity throughout with on screen copulation aplenty. The story is mostly developed with a running narrative from Goltzius to camera. There is , at the beginning, a lot of comparisons to art history and portrayals of the characters from the Bible from Adam and Eve to Sodom and Gomorrah. Also most of the shots are overlaid with other scenes that add extra animation but can become distracting.

The camera angles are often split and even bent to give the idea that everything is in ''the round''. The idea of moving in circles is a constant feature with even a circular stage - even the chamber music players rotate.

So is it any good? Well it is so art-house that to not like it marks one as being in bed with the Philistines. But this is two hours of often alienating camera devices and ''art'' nudity, which will not be to everyone''s taste and the language is fairly ''earthy'' too. It was amusing in places, challenging in others and almost self indulgent in places too. It was far from ordinary and, as far as alternative cinematic experiences go, it was one to be remembered. If you like your cinema a bit cutting edge and not afraid to challenge a few taboos I think you will be a fan, if your tastes are more ''vanilla'' then might want to give it a miss - either way it is a film I am glad to have experienced.

Holy Bible as a Pornographic Writ

Author: JustApt from Russian Federation, Ivanovo
14 August 2014

Hendrik Goltzius was a Dutch printmaker, draftsman, and painter. He was the leading Dutch engraver of the early Baroque period, or Northern Mannerism, noted for his sophisticated technique and the exuberance of his compositions. The pelican symbolizes Jesus our Redeemer who gave His life for our redemption and the atonement He made through His passion and death. We were dead to sin and have found new life through the Blood of Christ. Once again Peter Greenaway is in the role of avant-garde innovator and Goltzius and the Pelican Company is the fireworks of extremely fabulous visions. The film is grotesquely mannered and it represents Holy Scripture as a series of pornographic episodes performed by the itinerant theatrical troupe.

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