Vintage Films



Friday Night "Dinner & a Movie"

Vintage (4523 Magazine St., next door to The Savvy Gourmet)

7:30 p.m. Fri., July 18

Tickets $5 for both films

Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover is the darkly disturbing story of a thief (Michael Gambon) who spends his evenings brutally tormenting those around him, which includes the mesmerizing Helen Mirren as his wife. The setting is in a London restaurant and nothing is off-limits to the thief. Many critics claim Greenaway uses his art to make a statement about Thatcher’s politics. Even with politics at its base, the film’s violent and sexual nature tempted the MPAA to give The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover an X rating. However, Miramax (which released the Greenaway film in 1989) opted to issue the film as “unrated.” The costume design is by Jean-Paul Gaultier, who did it for free just to work with Greenaway. The all-but-unwatchable violence crossed with the seminal set and light design (watch as the room colors change the shade of Mirren’s dress) makes for a film that is enviable to directors such as Tarantino who aspire to mix violence and design so skillfully. The late movie (10:30pm start), Less Than Zero, features '80s Robert Downey Jr. pre-Iron Man. Dinner is available for the early show (menu to be announced on Thursday) with a full bar (wine, beer and cocktails). Visit Savvy Gourmet's Web site for reservations.

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