Goltzius and the Pelican Company

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Goltzius and the Pelican Company
Theatrical poster
Directed by Peter Greenaway
Produced by Kees Kasander
Catherine Dussart
Mike Downey
Sam Taylor
Igor Nola
Written by Peter Greenaway
Starring Ramsey Nasr
F. Murray Abraham
Giulio Berruti
Music by Marco Robino
Cinematography Reinier van Brummelen
Edited by Elmer Leupen
Distributed by Bankside Films[1]
Release dates
  • September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30) (Nederlands Film Festival)[2]
Country Netherlands
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget €2,05 million[3]

Goltzius and the Pelican Company is a film by writer-director Peter Greenaway. The film is based on the life of Hendrik Goltzius, a late 16th century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints. He seduces the Margrave of Alsace into paying for a printing press to make and publish illustrated books. Goltzius promises him an extraordinary book of pictures of the Old Testament Biblical stories. Erotic tales of the temptation of Adam and Eve, Lot and his daughters, David and Bathsheba, Joseph and Potiphar's wife, Samson and Delilah, and John the Baptist and Salome. To tempt the Margrave further, Goltzius and his printing company will offer to perform dramatizations of these erotic stories for his court.

Goltzius and the Pelican Company is the second feature in Greenaway's film series "Dutch Masters", which includes the previous film Nightwatching.[4] The third entry in the series will focus on Hieronymus Bosch, and its release is planned to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Bosch's death in 2016.[5][6]


The Pelican Company
The Margrave’s family and court


  1. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (13 May 2010). "Bankside slate adds Peter Greenaway, Famke Janssen, Antonia Bird films". Screen Daily. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Netherlands Film Festival
  3. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (13 February 2011). "Greenaway readies Goltzius, Eisenstein projects". Screen Daily. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Morgan, Nesta. "Nightwatching". film&festivals (United Kingdom: Wallflower Press, Film Culture Ltd.) 2 (2): p.5. ISSN 1755-5485. 
  5. ^ "greenaway maakt film jeroen bosch..."
  6. ^ "greenaway makes film about jheronimus..."

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