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Jubilee (1978)

 -  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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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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While the film was still in its conceptual stage, Derek Jarman would describe it by saying, 'I'm making a film about Punk.' He later admitted that this was an oversimplification, and that he felt that the film touched on subjects that were much bigger than the punk movement. See more »

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

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[last lines]
Ariel: [narrating] There and back. There and back. The waves break on the shores of England. The white cliffs stand against the void. We gaze seaward contemplating the night journey. The sun sinks lower. The moon awaits to make her entrance. In the south at Tilly Whim a picture of wind on the sea. In the west a vision of silver dew falling into a chalice flowing on a sea of pure gold. In the east a black hoarfrost, the sun eclipsed by the wings of the phoenix. In the north a howling chaos ...
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Grossly overrated film from Jarman.
29 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I'm going to be honest right from the start: I've only seen two films from the late Derek Jarman, this and The Last of England (1987). And I must say that neither of them made much of an impression on me. Jubilee tells the disjointed story of Queen Elizabeth I, who bored by her own existence has her court astrologer and an angel invent a time travel devise that will allow her to travel forward to twentieth century Britain. Once again Jarman revels in pointing out the failings in modern British culture, from the violent punk scene that the main characters are part of, to the harsh severity of the music industry and corporate big business. This has no precedence over the plot, because Jubilee has no plot, just a rambling incoherent mish-mash of filth and vulgarity, which Jarman seems to think will help drive his message of a Britain on the brink of self-destruction home. Jubilee is a film that so obviously wanted to be hip it hurts, looking back it seems Jarman took everything that was just about to explode into the public conscious and structured a highly self-indulgent story around it. So we are shown one of the most miss-representative looks at punk one could ever imagine, and a cast that reads like the who's-who of seventies underground celebrities (Richard O Brien rubs shoulders with the likes of a chubby Toyah Wilcox and a pre-fame Adam Ant). Jarman was clearly pandering to his overly inflated ego, after his gay swords and sandals "epic" Sebastiane (1976) was hailed a modern classic. Jubilee is yet another product of art-house cinema gone wrong and film-making in it's most brash and unsubtle form.


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