The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story | Chicago Reader

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story

Peter Greenaway is setting out to prove that cinema is dead by fashioning a massive, multimedia personal history of the 20th century. Standing in for Greenaway is Tulse Luper, a Gump-like globetrotter who comes to possess 92 suitcases—92 being the atomic number of uranium. In this first installment of what's sure to be an endless river of self-referential upchuck, Tulse grows up in southern Wales, cavorts among idiot Mormons in Utah, and pisses off some Nazis in Antwerp. More than ever, Greenaway tests the audience's annoyance threshold with multiple overlapping images and sounds. Supposedly a signpost to the future of visual media, this 2003 release is really a model of what a film shouldn't be. In English and subtitled European languages. 127 min.


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