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Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2013)

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Movie: Goltzius and the Pelican Company

  • Director: Peter Greenaway
  • Stars: Anne Louise Hassing, F Murray Abraham, Francesco De Vito, Halina Reijn, Lisette Malidor, Ramsey Nasr, Vincent Riotta
  • Release Date: May 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 128 mins
  • Genre: Biography, History

Set in the year 1590, the story follows Hendrick Goltzius (Ramsey Nasr) and his crew of writers, workers and performers as they arrive in Colmar at the palace of a rich and powerful margrave (Abraham), who the engraver hopes will finance a printing press he can use to publish illustrated versions of the Old Testament and the works of Ovid. In order to seal the deal, Goltzius needs to titillate the nobleman and his court with live renditions of what he refers to as the ?Six Sexual Taboos,? beginning with Adam and Eve?s original sin and covering such transgressions as incest (via the Genesis passages on Lot and his daughters), prostitution (through the tale of Samson and Delilah) and necrophilia (in the story of St. John the Baptiste and Salome).

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