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The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story

Country: UK

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Pseudo-Biography



The first part of Peter Greenaway's chronicle of the legendary Tulse Luper, told through his collection of 92 suitcases which illustrate his life as a naturalist, artist, voyeur and 'professional prisoner'.


  • Richard Pask plays the young Tulse Luper for approximately the first 15 minutes of this film, which has a total running time of just over 2 hours.
  • The story of Tulse Luper (a figment of Greenaway's imagination) is continued by Greenaway in two further films, and "The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish" (2003) (the films being released out of their correct sequence). The style of the three films has been described as highly unorthodox, even compared to other Peter Greenaway films.
  • According to information supplied in Greenaway's films, Tulse Luper - writer, collector, cataloguer and obsessive list-maker - was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and disappeared into ever more obscure prisons and jails in Russia and the Far East in the 1970s. His life is shrouded in mystery, but it seems that Luper was present at some of the key historical events of the 20th century, including the first nuclear tests in New Mexico, the 1968 Paris student protests and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Although Luper spent most of his life being a professional prisoner, he still managed to collect a large number of objects, which he stored in 92 suitcases. After his last mysterious disappearance in 1989, Tulse Luper was presumed to be still alive somewhere in the world - probably in a prison somewhere. His ultimate fate is completely unknown.
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  • JJ Feild
    (Tulse Luper/Floris Creps)
  • Raymond J. Barry
    (Stephan Figura)
  • Michèle Bernier
    (Sophie van Osterhaus)
  • Valentina Cervi
    (Cissie Colpitts)
  • Caroline Dhavernas
    (Passion Hockmeister)
  • Anna Galiena
    (Madame Plens)
  • Debbie Harry
  • Steven Mackintosh
    (Günther Zeloty)
  • Albert Kitzl
    (Gumber Flint)
  • Nilo Mur [ALUMNUS]
  • Richard Pask
    (Tulse Luper, aged 10)
  • Shaun Phillips
    (Young Martino Knockavelli)
  • Craig Roberts
    (Ryan Arbuthnok)
  • Coast Alexander Ryan
    (Cappie Luper)

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I just love the whole style of this film, though admittedly it will not be to everyone's taste. Tulse Luper is a collector because he has a passion for taxonomy, for system - he admires people like lexicographers and compilers of encyclopaedias, because they put diverse phenomena in one place under a single system, thus creating unity and order out of chaotic fragments. This fascinates me because ever since my early childhood I have shared the same passion. ('Taxophilia'?)

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