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Edward II (1991)

 -  Drama | History  -  18 October 1991 (UK)
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In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elisabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by ... See full summary »

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Bishop of Winchester
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Isabella
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Mortimer
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Chorus of Nobility
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Chorus of Nobility
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In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elisabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by taking as lover besides his diplomatic wife, the French princess Isabel, not an acceptable lady at court but the ambitious Piers Gaveston, who uses his favor in bed even to wield political influence - the stage is set for a palace revolt which sends the gay pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon. Written by KGF Vissers

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A classic tale of sex, revenge, and love.

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for some language | See all certifications »
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Eduardo II  »

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$694,438 (USA)
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The poem which Allan Corduner reads from in front of the King is Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. See more »

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[first lines]
Edward II: My father is deceased. Come Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
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Referenced in The Gospel According to St Derek (2014) See more »

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Every Time We Say Goodbye
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Annie Lennox
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Marlowe,Waddington,Swinton rule
13 January 2000 | by (Granite City, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I love Elizabethan drama. I had been on a Kenneth Branagh and William Shakespeare kick(and I guess I still am)when on a whim I bought this film based on the play of the same name by Shakespeare-contemporary Christopher Marlowe. I am very glad I did. Edward II(Steven Waddington of SLEEPY HOLLOW) ditches one icey, repressed Queen Isabella(Tilda Swinton) for another hot and uninhibited queen, gay lover Gaveston. But the romance is doomed when the nobility rises up with Isabella to end the affair. Director Derek Jarman's adaptation is one of those rare films that succeeds set in a time other than in its original setting. He moves the setting and action of the movie to the modern era, and this serves as a more timely backdrop for the movie's pro-gay stance, which seems to me to be its central theme. I really liked Steven Waddington, who was very, very good. And an unexpected surprise came from Tilda Swinton, an actress with whom I am not familiar but whose other work I'd like to see, based on the quality of her performance here. Strongly recommended!!!


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