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This week The Cultists Present Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book (1996). This film was marketed as your standard mid-90s soft-core erotic tale, and yet, in typical Greenaway form, there is nothing standard about it. A deeply insider film about calligraphy fetishism, formalist objectification, and 10th century Japanese literary references—all culminating in a climax of Ewan McGregor getting turned into a literal book because his skin is an art that’s just too pretty to let go— The Pillow Book unfolds in a manner that is singular to itself. A film that despite it’s bizarre premise and turns, remains indeed surprisingly hot.
Deep dives include: film formalism; The 10th century Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon; the hemisphere cognition of sound processing; and how (not) to make a book out of human skin.
Episode Safeword: “vanilla”