The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, Her Lover

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, Her Lover

Directed by Peter Greenaway

Production Budget: unknown

Total Lifetime Grosses

Domestic:  $7,724,701

Release Date: April 6, 1990

The film opens up on the first of many scenes of Aaron, violently beating up and humiliating a man he thinks he has undermined in an illusion of power. He feeds a chef his own excrement and urinates on him. He then proceeds to bully Richard (The Cook) who seems to be one of the few characters in the movie who has little or no reason to fear Aaron (The Thief).

Aarons character is a psychologists wet dream. He is a bully with a highly possessive nature. He lacks any real style so he instead oppresses those around him with any real style, like his wife. He puts on a façade of style that he will let no one undermine. He is a parasite, a sociopath, assimilating culture from others. He has no real friends because of this, aside from his thugs, who are worse than he is. His number one assassin is even more parasitic than Aaron. He is totally devoid of all class, style and emotions or individuality. He is less a henchman and more an extension of Aarons basic personality.

The sets in this movie are gorgeous, and a designers nightmare. Continuity is everything. While characters are in the restroom they take on a white colour costume. They wear white sashes. When in the main room, the dining room, the white sashes are exchanged for red, as are the dresses. There are carefully placed lights with red gels on them to make the background even more intensely red. Skin tones remain the same. The scenes are all juggled this way. The kitchen is green, restroom is white, dining room is red, book store is a golden brown or beige.

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