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BREAKING THE CONTRACT: A CONVERSATION WITH PETER GREENAWAY

THE FOLLOWING CONVERSATION TOOK PLACE in September in London between Stuart Morgan, a critic who writes regularly for Artforum, and Peter Greenaway, the filmmaker.

Stuart Morgan: Is it true that the original version of your film The Draughtsman’s Contract, 1982, was over four hours long?

Peter Greenaway: Yes, a mass of stuff was cut from the present version having to do with symbolism, allegory, the relationship of people upstairs and downstairs, and the continuation of the living-statue conceit. (The statue had a wife and dog.) All the minor characters played the game of aping their masters. Maria, Mrs. Herbert’s servant, and Philip. Mr. Neville’s assistant, had sexual liaisons after dark in the garden in the same places that the drawings were made. Also. the mechanical manipulation of the drawings was shown stage by stage, as well as a scene where Porringer attacks Mr. Neville in the

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