"Greenaway may have been a pedantic control freak from the get-go, but The Draughtsman's Contractand A Zed & Two Noughtsexhibit a cheeky sense of invention before mirthless, calcified mannerism set in. In Draughtsman's, the aristocratic Mrs. Herbert commissions a supercilious artist named Neville (Anthony Higgins) to produce a suite of drawings on her estate, an arrangement specifying both the precise number of works to be finished as well as a general agreement that Mrs. Herbert will satisfy the sexual whims of her guest. Erotic shenanigans and intellectual masturbation ensues, accompanied by some of the wittiest dialogue in the Greenaway oeuvre. "Why doesn't your husband have the moat cleaned out?" Neville asks. "He doesn't like to see the fish. Carp live too long. They remind him of Catholics."