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Zebra, Oswald, Oliver.
A Zed and Two Noughts, Peter Greenaway's second feature film, is an attempt a doing poetry for the screen. Essentially, it is about symmetry (oooh, pretentious!). Two brothers who work at a zoo lose their spouses in the same car accident and become obsessed with the cycle of life and decay, each in their own way. The sole survivor of the accident is a one-legged (asymmetrical) woman who becomes their lover. Even Greenaway admits he tries to do too much in the film. It's got three strands: Meeting oneself, the world as an ark or zoo, and an attempt at paying tribute to Dutch painters. Visually, it is an arresting piece. Stylishly composed, with incredible access to zoo animals, and (for some, stomach-churning) time-lapse photography of various animals rotting away. As a story, it is bizarre and at times shocking, working more as a set of resonances in imagery, dialog and themes. An acquired taste which I acquired back in college.
What does the author (Peter Greenaway) want to tell us with the title? Z00? ZOO?
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