October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

8 1/2 Women

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
122 minutes
performer
Toni Collette, Peter Greenaway, John Standing
director
Peter Greenaway
distributor
Universal
author
Peter Greenaway
genre
Erotic, Drama
We gave it a C-

”How many film directors make films to satisfy their sexual fantasies?” father asks son in the talky, rather sterile look at… sexual fantasies, 8 1/2 Women. Judging from the titular harem the decadent pair (after an incestuous dalliance) assembles at their Geneva estate, director Peter Greenaway (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover) gets his kicks from full-frontal male nudity, underage Kabuki actresses, trussed-up women, and females-as-baby machines. Oh, and he’s definitely not a leg man. C-

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