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The Garden (1990)

Unrated | | Drama | 1990 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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Madonna
Johnny Mills ...
Lover
Philip MacDonald ...
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Devil
Spencer Leigh ...
Mary Magdalene / Adam (as Spencer Lee)
Jody Graber ...
Young Boy
Roger Cook ...
Christ
Kevin Collins ...
Lover
Dawn Archibald
Milo Bell
Mirabelle La Manchega
Jessica Martin
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Pontius (as Orlando)
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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£380,000 (estimated)
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Referenced in The Garden: Making of the Garden (1990) See more »

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Think Pink
Composed by Roger Edens
Arranged by Dean Broderick
Performed by Jessica Martin
1957 W.B. Music Corp.
Used by permission of
Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
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Surreal and Dreamlike. A Poetic Tour de Force !!!
6 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Derek Jarmon films are always interesting. People seem to love his work or despise it. "The Garden" takes the persecution that Christ faced and puts it in modern times, or an unknown time for that matter. We have two homosexual martyrs who are persecuted like Christ, by the church. Tilda Swinton plays a modern day Mary who's chased around by ruthless Paparazzis. The film contains many strange visual delights. There is not a whole lot of dialog except for poetic narration. Like Jodorowsky's "the Holy Mountain", it's chock full of bizarre religious images. The set pieces and Costumes are extremely avant-garde and colorful. If you enjoy films that are a trip for the mind, you'll enjoy "the Garden". I felt that Derek Jarmon was inventive with his camera tricks and imagery. If you like bizarre art-house films with hallucinatory imagery, you must see this film.


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