Tulse Luper is a 20th century everyman whose collection of 92 suitcases intersects with every person, event and movement in history. Here in the second of a three part story, we find him ...
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The first of three parts, we follow Tulse Luper in three distinct episodes: as a child during the first World War, as an explorer in Mormon Utah, and as a writer in Belgium during the rise ... See full summary »
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The venerated filmmaker Eisenstein is comparable in talent, insight and wisdom, with the likes of Shakespeare or Beethoven; there are few - if any - directors who can be elevated to such ... See full summary »
Tulse Luper is a 20th century everyman whose collection of 92 suitcases intersects with every person, event and movement in history. Here in the second of a three part story, we find him working in a cinema, which gives him ample opportunity to cross paths with virtually every artistic device and dramatic character known to man.Written by
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea (2004)
As I suspected, this is starting to get tiring. I don't like the term "self-indulgent," it's not a particularly useful criticism. But if any movie can be called self-indulgent, this is the one. Greenaway is crawling really, really far up his own ass here. That doesn't necessarily mean you can't enjoy it, I'm just pretty sure no one can enjoy it as much as Greenaway can. What I enjoyed most of all were the striking, original filmmaking techniques. Some of the effects going on are extremely cool and not exactly like anything I've seen before. As for the content, it's a mixed bag. In the first part ("Episode 4") I was rather bored and couldn't really follow anything. Episode 5 (in the cinema) was quite a bit more compelling, and features the most direct references to Greenaway's body of work. My attention started to wander again during episode 6. It was nice to see appearances by Ana Torrent and Isabella Rossellini, and certain moments were terrific, but the film as a whole is hard to concentrate on. Not really looking forward to part 3, but I might as well finish for completism's sake.
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