The Getty Center
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

Peter Greenaway
Acclaimed filmmaker Peter Greenaway declares that cinema died in 1983 (when the remote control was introduced) and now advocates "environmental non-narrative multi-screen cinema" as a means for greater visual literacy. His installation series, Nine Classic Paintings Revisited, illustrates new possibilities for film that overcomes "the tyranny of the camera." Taking on such masterpieces as Rembrandt's The Night Watch, Leonardo's The Last Supper, and Veronese's The Wedding Feast at Cana—with more planned—Greenaway employs techniques of cinema and digital technology to enhance our viewing, and his interpretation, of the paintings. In his Getty Perspectives presentation, Greenaway talks about his dialogue with the masters, his use of reproductions, and his ideas for the future.

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter for four years and started making films in 1966. He received international acclaim as an original filmmaker for his first narrative feature film, The Draughtsman's Contract (1982), a reputation consolidated by The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1989), Prospero's Books (1991), The Pillow Book (1996), and numerous other works. In addition to the classic-paintings project, Greenaway has recently collaborated on various exhibitions, installations, and operas in Europe.

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