Vital Signs

Crimes and Punishments

Lust, greed, betrayal, murder, and revenge are not at all unusual as the subjects of movies, but Peter Greenaway's extension of these typical concerns to include cannibalism is a half-joking, half-serious gesture that reminds us of the Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedies of blood or even, before that, of the goriest excesses of Senecan theatrics. Who knows?

David R. Slavitt

David R. Slavitt is a poet and novelist. His most recent work is The Octaves: Poems (LSU Press, 2017).

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