The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1 - The Moab Story (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2004

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1 - The Moab Story 2003

Directed by Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway, gleeful designer of elaborate codes and mind games in countless arthouse hits through the 80s and 90s, now revels in the playground of digital technology.

The Netherlands / UK In English
126 minutes 35mm / Colour and B&W

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Reinier van Brummelen

Editor

Elmer Leupen

Music

Borut Krizisnik

With

JJ Feild
,
Valentina Cervi
,
Drew Mulligan
,
Deborah Harry
,
Isabella Rossellini

Festivals

Cannes (In Competition), Edinburgh, Toronto 2003

Elsewhere

Peter Greenaway, gleeful designer of elaborate codes and mind games in countless arthouse hits through the 80s and 90s, now revels in the playground of digital technology. The Tulse Luper project, of which this film is the first instalment, threatens to be the ultimate Greenaway work, a vast codex of the 20th century, to be disseminated via websites, DVDs and movies. On a purely superficial level – and how better to deal with a movie that has such an abundantly stocked surface? – it’s surprisingly entertaining in its archness and energetic profusion. There’s even a highly improbable story that you can follow. The eponymous hero is an inveterate cataloguer, but something of a Candide, stumbling into bizarre situations between World Wars in Wales (as a child), New Mexico (where it’s open season on Mormons) and Antwerp (where he falls foul of Belgian fascists).

“Ambitious, baffling and quite groundbreaking in its integration of text, graphics and layered images... What does it all mean? Haven’t a clue. I still enjoyed the ride.” — Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly