Cast & Crew
Beginning in the year 1657, in an imaginary court of the 17-year-old Cosimo de' Medici III. The land is in the throes of pestilence and famine where all the women have become sterile. Incredibly, a repulsive old woman gives birth to a beautiful male child who quickly becomes a symbol of rebirth and fertility. He is exploited for money and power by his sister who is convinced that together they can successfully impersonate the Virgin Mary and Child. This incites the wrath of the Church whose even greater powers of exploitation carry the deceptions to an inevitable end.
Diana Van Kolck
Filmstiftung Nordrhein-westfalen (nrw)
Reinier Van Brummelen
Patricia Van Der Pieterman
Wilbert Van Dorp
Todd Van Hulzen
Dory Van Noort
Ben Van Os
Ank Van Straalen
Dien Van Straalen
Winner of the main prize at the 1994 International Film Festival of Festivals in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Released in United States June 1994
Released in United States May 1997
Released in United States October 1993
Released in United States September 1993
Shown at International Film Festival of Festivals in St. Petersburg, Russia June 1994.
Shown at MIFED in Milan October 24-29, 1993.
Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (Special Presentation) September 9-18, 1993.
Feature acting debut for Julia Ormond.
Began shooting July 20, 1992.
Completed shooting September 13, 1992.
This film is the second part of a trilogy set in the 17th century that began with "Prospero's Books" (Great Britain/Netherlands/France/Italy/1991).
Released in United States May 1997 (Shown in Los Angeles (American Cinematheque) as part of series "G is for Games, Gardens, Greenaway: The Films of Peter Greenaway" May 2-17, 1997.)
Released in United States June 1994 (Shown at International Film Festival of Festivals in St. Petersburg, Russia June 1994.)
Released in United States October 1993 (Shown at MIFED in Milan October 24-29, 1993.)
Released in United States September 1993 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (Special Presentation) September 9-18, 1993.)