London

Peter Greenaway

Riverside Studios

Peter Greenaway has written documentaries about defenestration and people struck by lightning. He has also written pseudo-documentaries about fictional characters such as the polymath Tulse Luper. The Falls, a marathon three-hour-long movie made with the support of the British Film Institute, employs, extends and ridicules his pseudo-documentary conventions. It examines the results of a mysterious occurrence—the Violent Unknown Event (VUE)—discussed but never explained by the characters. Of the 19 million victims of the VUE a random selection from the new. fictitious Standard Directory yielded 92 surnames beginning with the letters “F-a-l-l.” Case-histories of these “Falls” are presented in alphabetical order. The Event changed their lives completely: vision, height and weight altered as mutations took effect. Four new genders came into existence and 92 new languages were acquired by the

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