A Zed & Two Noughts

Synopsis: Identical twins Oliver and Oswald Deuce lose their wives in a car crash caused by a white swan. The brothers, who are zoologists, become obsessed with the death and decay of animals. They both have a relationship with Alba, the driver of the crashed car, who loses first one leg then the other. When Alba dies, the twins film their own death.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Peter Greenaway
Production: Wellspring Media Inc.
 
IMDB:
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Year:
1985
115 min
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A swan?

What sort of a swan?

Leda? Who is Leda?

Is she the injured woman?

Laid by whom?

By Jupiter? Was that the cause of death?

A female swan?

How do you know it was female?

Eggs? Egg-bound?

Was it bald? Perhaps it was a goose.

Did it come from the zoo?

How fast

does a woman decompose?

Six months. Maybe a year.

Depends on the conditions.

Does being pregnant

make any difference?

No!

And the baby?

- How far gone was she?

- Perhaps 10 weeks.

Then, you'd never know.

I cannot stand the idea

of her rotting away.

What is the first thing that happens?

The first thing that happens is the

bacteria set to work in the intestine.

- What sort of bacteria?

- Bisocosis populi.

There are supposed to be

130,000 bisocosis

in each lick of a human tongue.

250,000 in a French kiss.

First exchange at the very beginning

of creation when Adam kissed Eve.

- Suppose Eve kissed Adam?

- Unlikely!

She used her first 100,000 on the apple.

If the

evolutionary span of life on Earth

is represented by a year of 365 days,

then man made his first appearance

on the evening of the 31st of December,

just as the daylight was fading.

It had taken some 4,000 million years

for that entrance to be made.

A very slow,

uneven progress of life forms,

changing and evolving in a long,

continuous procession.

It's comparatively easy to comprehend

how one species gave way to another.

But perhaps more difficult to understand

the evolutionary leap necessary

to bridge the most sophisticated

of the apes, with man.

And more difficult, still,

to contemplate

how life could create itself,

apparently, out of nothing.

The conditions

for the origin of life on Earth

can never be reproduced again.

The atmosphere is now rich in oxygen,

the necessary ingredient

for the respiratory life of all animals.

But in the beginning

there was little or no oxygen.

There was methane, ammonia,

carbon monoxide, water,

electrical storms, ultraviolet light,

the first carbon compounds.

And around volcanic springs like these,

an abundance of hydrogen.

These conditions were advantageous

for the formation of the first

cyanophytes or blue-green algae.

Their utilisation of hydrogen in water,

using chlorophyll

in the process of photosynthesis

liberated oxygen in abundant quantities

to change radically

the atmosphere of the Earth.

Their arrival marks a major step

towards the evolution

of higher forms of life.

How are you feeling?

Short of a leg.

In the land of the legless,

the one-legged woman is queen.

There was a legless whore in Marseilles

during the war, who was very wealthy.

She seldom left her bed,

because she couldn't.

She'd had both her legs

amputated at the groin.

Imagine that, gentlemen,

no limbs to hinder entry.

She was treated

with great affection and regard

and had a great many lovers.

She died young.

Some of her lovers thought,

she might liked to be buried

in a short coffin.

Others thought that the empty space

should be filled with flowers.

In the end, of course,

her family turned up

and they had the corpse

fitted with artificial legs.

Imagine that!

The body, in all its delicious detail,

fading away,

leaving a skeleton with iron legs.

Especially, since the legs had been made

for a man called Felipe Arc-en-Ciel.

You've been very thorough

in your research.

I made it up.

I have now to find a Felipe Arc-en-Ciel

to stop my crying,

to discover what it is to have

your legs borrowed by a dead woman.

- How is your daughter?

- Beta is fine.

She says, my leg has walked off

with a Dutchman.

- Morning, Venus! How are the zebras?

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Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway, CBE (born 5 April 1942 in Newport, Wales) is a British film director, screenwriter, and artist. His films are noted for the distinct influence of Renaissance and Baroque painting, and Flemish painting in particular. Common traits in his film are the scenic composition and illumination and the contrasts of costume and nudity, nature and architecture, furniture and people, sexual pleasure and painful death. more…

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