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Jubilee (1978)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  September 1979 (USA)
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Queen Elizabeth I travels to late twentieth-century Britain to discover a tawdry and depressing landscape where life mostly seems aimless and is anyway held cheap. Three post-punk girls ... See full summary »

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Borgia Ginz (as Orlando)
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Lounge Lizard (as Wayne County)
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Ariel (as David Haughton)
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Lady in Waiting
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Queen Elizabeth I travels to late twentieth-century Britain to discover a tawdry and depressing landscape where life mostly seems aimless and is anyway held cheap. Three post-punk girls while away their vacuous existence as best they can, from time-to-time straying into murder to relieve the boredom. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Sex, drugs and punk rock. Add violence and time travel and you have Jubilee.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music

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September 1979 (USA)  »

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Jubileum  »

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£200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Vivienne Westwood was openly critical of Jubilee, feeling that it was boring and completely misinterpreted the punk movement, and went so far as to create a t-shirt that features her very negative opinion. This "Open T-Shirt To Derek Jarman from Vivienne Westwood" is now in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. See more »

Goofs

After the policemen shoot Angel and Sphinx dead, Sphinx's eyes blink before the camera cuts away. See more »

Quotes

[Bod picks up the phone]
Crabs: Most people would hang up the phone, she's hanging on for dear life.
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Jerusalem
Performed by Suzi Pinns
Written by William Blake (as Blake) / Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (as Parry)
Arranged by Danny Beckermann (as Danny Beckerman)
Produced by Danny Beckermann (as Danny Beckerman) and Wil Malone
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Weird and wonderful
30 October 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Jarman uses real people and places. He had an eye for the beauty of gardens planted with plastic flowers, wastelands with grass and daisies waving in the wind, Westminster Cathedral, people like Toyah, Jordan, Helen the dwarf. It's subversive on many levels, being a celebration of bisexuality and fetishism ("This is Chaos, our au pair!"). Jarman himself can be spotted once. I love Jordan's history lessons, read in an immature voice, and the fact that people sound off at length. In some ways the film or even punk itself was a protest against the obliteration or rewriting of history (note Jordan's old-fashioned twinset and pearls). Non-standard people are allowed to be beautiful and sexy - both Jordan and Toyah are pretty overweight. Jordan's obscene rendition of Rule Britannia is a show stopper. Over 20 years later, capitalism is still with us but Derek Jarman sadly is not. xxx


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