A Zed & Two Noughts  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

A Zed & Two Noughts (A.K.A. Zoo) is a 1985 film written and directed by Peter Greenaway.


Its plot centres on two twin brothers, Oswald and Oliver Deuce, whose wives are killed in a car accident. The brothers enter a relationship with Alba Bewick, the driver of the car, who lost one of her legs in the accident. In an attempt to fathom the reason for their wives' death they become obsessed with decay, making numerous time-lapse films of decaying animals. Culminating in the ultimate experiment, A Zed & Two Noughts is one of Greenaway's more accessible works featuring a memorable soundtrack by Michael Nyman.


Elements of Michael Nyman's score invoke the work of Heinrich Ignaz Biber.

Performance of the soundtrack is credited to Nyman, Alexander Balanescu, Elisabeth Perry, Sarah Leonard, and "The Zoo Orchestra". This is not the Michael Nyman Band, but rather the following musicians, as indicated in the film credits:

The score is in the Michael Nyman Band's repertoire, particularly "Time Lapse" and "Prawn Watching", but they do not perform on the soundtrack.

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