A Man of Flowers

A Man of Flowers

Norman Kaye
Director: Paul Cox Cast: Norman Kaye
Norman Kaye
, Alyson Best
Alyson Best
, Chris Haywood
Chris Haywood
Paul Cox

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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The Australian Man of Flowers stars Norman Kaye in the title role. A painter, Kaye has earned his nickname from his beautifully rendered flower portraits. He uses his artistic skills as a means of channelling his repressed sexual yearnings, especially his feelings towards nude model Alyson Best. When flowers no longer quench his carnal thirsts, Kaye expresses himself on his pipe organ, hammering out impassioned songs as a sort of musical cold shower. A flashback, which is meant to explain Kaye's hang-ups (but deliberately does not) features German director Werner Herzog in an unbilled cameo as Kaye's father.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
UPC: 0014381079128
Original Release: 1983
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:31:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Norman Kaye Charles Bremer
Alyson Best Lisa
Chris Haywood David
Sarah Walker Jane
Julia Blake Art teacher
Bob Ellis Psychiatrist
Barry Dickins Postman
Patrick Cook Coppershop Man
Victoria Eagger Angela
Werner Herzog Father
Hilary Kelly Mother
Eileen Joyce aunt
Marianne Baillieu Aunts
Lirit Bilu florist
Juliet Bacskai florist
Dawn Klingberg Cleaning Lady
Tony Llewellyn-Jones Church Warden

Technical Credits
Paul Cox Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jane Ballantyne Producer
Asher Bilu Art Director
Lirit Bilu Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Bob Ellis Screenwriter
Tim Lewis Editor
Yuri Sokol Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title; Bare Elegance [7:57]
2. Galloping Inflation [5:27]
3. Little Miss Sitting Pretty Water Lily [9:38]
4. Painted from Memory [6:10]
5. An Extraordinary Woman [6:31]
6. A Good Friend [13:10]
7. Maternal Instincts [6:18]
8. The Hearts of Flowers [11:27]
9. Real Paintings [5:28]
10. Half a Man [9:57]
11. The Origin of Art [6:55]
12. End Credits [1:33]

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A Man of Flowers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a minor (perhaps even major) masterpiece by the daring, highly imaginative Paul Cox. Norman Kaye, the frustrated ''man of flowers,'' is excellent; so too is the the young woman whom he comes to idolize and protect. His way of protecting her is a perfect expression of justice for this film. The music is majestic and beautiful; there are many memorable scenes, including flashbacks which give depth to the protagonist. The film is warm, witty as well as off beat. The final scenes are magnificent. This has to be one of the ten best films I have ever seen.