The Baby of Mâcon (1993)

UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, 1993
122m, 3386 metres
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Technicolor, 2.35:1
Dolby, English

A British/French/German/Belgian/Dutch fantasy film directed by Peter Greenaway.


Director: Peter Greenaway
Channel Four Films, CiBy 2000
Executive Producer: Denis Wigman
Producer: Kees Kasander
Co-Producer: Yves Marmion
Line Producers: Christoph Hahnbeiser, Frank Henschke
Associate Producers: Jean-Louis Piel, Roland Wigman
Script: Peter Greenaway
Director of Photography: Sacha Vierny
Editor: Chris Wyatt
Music: John Blow, Andreas Clamer, Arcangelo Corelli, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Matthew Locke, Claudio Monteverdi (from L’Orfeo), Henry Purcell, Thomas Tallis
Sound Mixer: Garth Marshall
Costume Designers: Ellen Lens, Dien van Straalen
Key Make-up: Linda Mooney
Key Hair Designer: Linda Mooney
Special Make Up Effects: Birger Laube
Production Designers: Ben van Os, Jan Roelfs

Julia Ormond (the daughter)
Ralph Fiennes (the bishop’s son)
Philip Stone (the bishop)
Jonathan Lacey (Cosimo Medici)
Don Henderson (the father confessor)
Celia Gregory (mother superior)
Jeff Nuttall (the majordomo)
Jessica Stevenson (the 1st midwife)
Kathryn Hunter (the 2nd midwife)
Gabrielle Reidy (the 3rd midwife)
Frank Egerton (the prompter)
Phelim McDermott (the 1st tutor)
Tony Vogel (the father)
Tatiana Strauss (the 1st nun)
Louisa Millwood-Haigh (the 2nd nun)
Anna Nieland (the wet nurse)
Graham Valentine (famine)
Diana Van Kolck (the mother)
Leslie Cuss (the 2nd tutor)
Rien Kroon (the chaplain)

Alternative Titles

O Bebé de Macon – Portugal
Maconi gyermek – Hungary
El niño de Macon – Spain
Das Wunder von Macon – Germany



  • Fervid Filmmaking: 66 Cult Pictures of Vision, Verve and No Self-restraint by Mike Watt pp.17-21 – illustrated review