A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to...
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A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the ... See full summary »
In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by ... See full summary »
Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman's experiences with AIDS, both ... See full summary »
An unseen woman recites Shakespeare's sonnets - fourteen in all - as a man wordlessly seeks his heart's desire. The photography is stop-motion, the music is ethereal, the scenery is often ... See full summary »
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 »
In 1970s, aliens send a female android diplomat to Earth on a mission of peace. She lands in war-torn Palestine instead of MIT by mistake and meets a friendly UK journalist there. They begin a series of insightful conversations.
An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this ... See full summary »
A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to flee them. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by the powers that be. The men are mocked and pilloried, tarred, feathered, and beaten. Loose in this contemporary world of electrical-power transmission lines is also Jesus. The elements, particularly fire and water, content with political power, which is intolerant and murderous. Written by
This, in my opinion is the most heart wrenching film by Derek Jarman. It has been both celebrated and derided - An obituary in the The Daily Mail commenting on it being Jarman's "most silly film". However, that is an easy and ignorant comment to make by a critic unmoved and unaffected by the plight of gay people in the 1980's and 1990's for equality and justice in the UK.
The film is a series of beautiful images depicting The Passion (a very personal representation of it from Jarman) - substituting the plight of Jesus with the modern plight of gay men for understanding. The Virgin Mary becomes a modern day celebrity harassed by the media (such as Princess Diana) and Mary Magdoline is substituted for a vilified drag queen. The god like narration is a poem about the journey of the film takes and the pain of loss associated with AIDS. The music is beautifully designed by Simon Turner, and the narration, like that in 'Blue' is moving to the point where it sends shivers down your spine when presented against the emotive imagery. The only slight criticism I would have is the sometimes awkwardly staged studio work with blue screen lacks the power and earthy quality of the location shooting done on Dungeoness shingle Again, like many of Jarmans films, it is quite esoteric - but you don't have to be gay, or have AIDS to be moved by The Garden's sheer passion and spiritual presence. Like the narration states, this film "wants to share this loneliness with you" and it's non-narrative, experimental and home-movie like quality takes you on a wonderful "journey without direction".
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