Windows is exquisite.
The short is a number of shots in a house, always out a window (hence the title), while pleasant harpsichord music plays. The music fits in later; Greenaway makes an exceptional amount of moves in just three and a half minutes with this one.
Throughout the short, the narrator (also Greenaway) recounts the statistics on how many people have died in this house’s parish in the last year… from falling out of windows. There are children, there are adults, there are teenagers. The narration is rather detailed, with occasional facts representing themselves visually.
Greenaway’s tone, both as the narrator and the director, is whimsical. He’s talking about these terrible, terrible things, yet with a great deal of levity. And it works. Paired with the beautiful photography, Windows mesmerizes.
The way Greenaway’s narration engages the viewer’s imagination, it reminds of Borges and potential literature. It’s breathtaking, accomplished work.
Edited, photographed, written and directed by Peter Greenaway.
Narrated by Peter Greenaway.