"The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" is a British film directed by Peter Greenaway that was released in 1989. It is a dark and violent film that tells the story of a brutal gangster, Albert Spica, who owns a fancy restaurant and mistreats its staff and patrons. The film follows Spica's wife, Georgina, who begins a secret affair with one of the restaurant's regular customers, while her husband engages in illegal and immoral activities.
The film is notable for its controversial content, including graphic violence, nudity, and sexual themes. It is also praised for its stylish cinematography, imaginative use of color, and rich visual imagery.
In addition to its visual and narrative elements, "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" is noted for its highly stylized dialogue, which is often poetic and symbolic. The film's soundtrack, which features classical music by composers such as Handel and Purcell, is also noteworthy and contributes to the film's atmosphere and mood.