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War Requiem (1989)

 |  Drama, War  |  6 January 1989 (UK)
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A film with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. It ... See full summary »

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The Old Soldier
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Mother
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Enemy Mother
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Abraham
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The Unknown Soldier / Unknown Soldier
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The German Soldier / German Soldier
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Blinded Soldier
Claire Davenport ...
Charge Sister / Britannia
Spencer Leigh ...
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Milo Bell ...
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Richard Stirling ...
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Kim Kindersley ...
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Stuart Turton ...
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A film with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. It shows the story of an Englishman soldier (Wilfred Owen) and a nurse (his bride) during World War I. It also includes actual footage of contemporary wars (WWII, Vietnam, Angola, etc.) Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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6 January 1989 (UK)  »

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Sota requiem  »

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This was Laurence Olivier's final acting role before his death on July 11, 1989 at the age of 82. See more »

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War Requiem, Op. 66
Composed and conducted by Benjamin Britten
Based on poems by Wilfred Owen
Soloists: Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with The Bach Choir, The London Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Highgate School Choir
Music played by The Melos Ensemble of London and The London Symphony Orchestra
Organist: Simon Preston
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Brilliant and Evocative Blend of Music and the Cinematographic Art
19 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jarman to a T: Brilliant, atmospheric, imagistic, eccentric, and sometimes homo-erotic. An incredible blend of one of the great 20th century musical works on (or rather against) war and the cinematographic art.

I've seen this film twice now. Some of the comments given by other reviewers seem to miss the point of the film- it is dark and sometimes jarring. Jarman uses historic footage, color and colorization as a technique to refocus the viewer's eyes and thoughts. Jarman is not interested in narrative so much as building a series of images that take the poem and music to a new place of understanding.

Perhaps this film is not for everyone- but then I would love to tie every politician to his or her chair and force its viewing.


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