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The Last of England (1987)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 18 July 1988 (Japan)
The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher.

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The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher. Written by International Film Circuit <ifcplanet@aol.com>

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Voice 1: Is it loaded?
Voice 2: Yes, Ma'am.
Voice 1: Did you enjoy the Falklands?
Voice 2: Yes, Ma'am.
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Referenced in The Gospel According to St Derek (2014) See more »

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Exélou me (deliver me)
Written by Diamanda Galás
Performed by Diamanda Galás
Produced by Gareth Jones
Ms. Galás appears courtesy of Mute Records Ltd
Published by Dying Art
® & © Mute Records 1986
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An incredible film - for the right audience
22 November 2003 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Reading the comments on this film or others like it is a frustrating experience, because so many people don't seem to be clear on the concept. Let me put it very simply:

This. Is. Not. A. Narrative. Film.

If you're going to complain about lack of a plot, character development, or other features of narrative films, don't go see a non-narrative film! It's an entirely different experience, and that's the whole idea. Judging an experimental montage of images and music and voice by the standards of a conventional narrative film is ridiculous -- like complaining about a drama because it wasn't funny. It's not SUPPOSED to be. If you don't like films that don't have a conventional narrative, don't see them.

So, for those who DO actually like experimental, non-narrative film, I'd highly recommend this one -- it's one of my all-time favourite films of any sort, even though know the majority of the population probably couldn't sit through it. I found it incredibly powerful, evocative and visually stunning, and even 15 years after seeing it, some images from it are still burned into my mind. I'm a big fan of Jarman's work in general, but if I had to pin down one single favourite from his work, I think this would be it.


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