The Draughtsman’s Contract

The Most English Films Ever Made

Last night I finished the second draft of my thriller ‘The Villa’, and to relax watched ‘The Little Stranger’, based on the Sarah Waters novel of class and ghosts. Stripped of her fine writing, what’s left is a beautifully photographed, inert British film of mannequin poses, cut-glass accents, falling rain and damp rooms. The book […]

Classical Music In Movies

Admit it – when you saw the above picture a piece of music popped into your head, didn’t it? When Stanley Kubrick added a Strauss waltz to ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ he created the most famous classical music/movie juxtaposition in film history. It wasn’t a new technique in Europe; ‘Elvira Madigan’ had used Mozart and […]

Oscar Moore Film Quiz No.2

Keeping with the theme of Peter Greenaway, composer Michael Nyman re-edited the walking shots from ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’ to allow his music to play. The film is an intriguing murder mystery that plays like a moving Spot The Difference picture; an arrogant draughtsman demands sexual favours from his client ‘s wife in return for twelve […]