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The Garden of Earthly Delights 2004

  • Lech Majewski
  • January 1, 2004
  • 103 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Romance
"The Garden of Earthly Delights" takes its name, and its promiscuity of form, from the Bosch triptych, a riotous orgy of biblical motifs and proto-Surrealist iconography. Claudine (Claudine Spiteri) is a British art scholar who has come to Venice to lecture on the painting, which is her obsession, and to wander the canals with her lover, a nautical engineer named Chris (Chris Nightingale). Claudine, you see, is dying of throat cancer and has chosen to spend her final days luxuriating in a free-form meditation on mortality. Affected but elegant, this digital video riff on "Death in Venice" was orchestrated by Lech Majewski, the Polish writer, painter and director of films, plays and operas. His musicality is evident in the fresh and lively flow of images, though his tin ear for dialogue and staleness of theme enervates the composition.

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