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The Pillow Book [Paperback]

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The Pillow Book is director Peter Greenaway's deeply felt acknowledgement of the fact that film today, a full 100 years after its birth, is still driven by text and supported by literature.

Peter Greenaway's Pillow Book is Sei Shonagon's tenth-century story redux. Shonagon's protagonist is recast as Nogiko, a beautiful young writer. As a child, Nogiko was affected by two seminal experiences--her father writing on her face each birthday, and her mother reading to her from a thousand-year-old "pillow book," a diary kept by its author (also a woman named Nogiko) in the drawer of a wooden pillow. As a grown woman, the contemporary Nogiko is obsessed with finding lovers to write on her body. After each physical encounter with a lover, Nogiko painstakingly transcribes what he has written, even if it means using mirrors to decipher those characters on parts of her body such as the small of the back or the eyelid. Nogiko's efforts to preserve her lovers' writings and her need to continue the tradition illustrate the physical and sensual power of literature. This book includes Greenaway's original screenplay (before the final movie edit), color stills from the film, and Greenaway's illuminating notes on the story.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.45" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 2, 1996
Publisher   Dis Voir
ISBN  2906571520  
ISBN13  9782906571525  

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More About Peter Greenaway

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Greenaway was born in Wales. He trained as a painter, and began working in the British film industry as an editor in 1965. He started making his own films in 1966, and has continued to produce paintings, novels, exhibitions and theatre and opera work. His 1982 feature, "The Draughtsman's Contract", received great critical acclaim and established him internationally as an important filmmaker. His films include "A Zed & Two Noughts", "The Belly of an Architect", "Drowning By Numbers", "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover", "8 1/2 Women" and "A Life in Suitcases".

Peter Greenaway was born in 1942.

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2Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism
3Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > Screenwriting
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Movie Tie-Ins

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A work of art about a work of art, based on art  Nov 1, 2001
This is a hard book to review on its own for me, as it is the book of one of my most favourite movies, of the same name.
Peter Greenaway set out to make a movie very loosely based on the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, a court lady of the Heian period of Japan. This book contains the script of the movie, along with pictures. But it is more than a movie script, it stands alone as a work of art. It is, for me, an exploration of the beauty of the written word, for both what it represents (the story told by the word)and the sheer beauty/art of the words (the calligraphy).

It is hard to write about this book (and movie) without sounding like a pretencious tosser! But believe me, if you love art, beauty, the orient, or Ewan McGregor (there are a lot of you out there)you are sure to appreciate something from, if not all of,the Pillow Book.

Word and Flesh, A Sensual Delight  Sep 19, 2001
The genius of Peter Greenaway is found in the pages of this book which provides some of the text glossed over in his edit process of the film, The Pillow Book. Most delightful is the process of this curator, painter, poet, film maker and author as he crafts the film loosley based on the writings of Sei Shonagon. In adding the text of the thirteen poems which are illuminated so vibrantly in the film, a new dimension is added to a film that is a jewel. In particular, the words of the main character, Nagiko to her dead lover, Jerome are in themselves, a poem of immense beauty and visual splendor. The companion to thefilm, it is a must for every library
The Pillow Book review  Jul 21, 2000
This is an awesome book. If you are a fan of the movie, this is the perfect companion for it. It has the script for the movie and it has the translations of what is written on the character's bodies. I am a big fan of actor Ewan Mcgregor and this was the perfect addition to my collection. Take my advice buy it.
the intimacy of language  Aug 12, 1999
While it cannot match the visual orgy that characterizes the movie, this book (and what else to call it? names are complicated, in the interplay between cinema and print) serves to reveal some of the skeleton beneath the flesh: anatomy of the limits of language, the ordering of a work concerned with the order we confine our thoughts to. Handy for those who aspire to Greenaway's puzzle-box classicism; quote fodder for those who seek to dissect his repetitive themes of sex, catalogues, fat men, water, and repetition (to name a few); but nothing in this book can do more than hint at the luscious sensuality of wet paint on bare skin, the towering beauty of written characters, and the disaster than comes when we pin all on a medium of communication that is ultimately without value or significance.

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