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Edward II (1991)

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 »

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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 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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18 October 1991 (UK)  »

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Eduardo II  »

Box Office

Budget:

£750,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Edward II: My father is deceased. Come Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
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Connections

Referenced in Designing 'The Long Day Closes' (2014) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Composed by James Pierpont
Performed and arranged by Simon Fisher-Turner
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14th Century Gay-Bashing á la Derek Jarmam
8 February 2003 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

Definitely Derek Jarman's most refined film. That said, refined for Jarman is bizarre for most.

Based VERY loosely on Christopher Marlowe's play from 1592, however, should be view in its own light / right. Whereas it does tend to capture the wonderful Marlow language, this is no "Shakespeare" here! It's a brilliantly acted ensemble piece, set in Jarman's abstract vision of the world, with a core message that is as valid today as it must have been shocking then.

Jarman "paints" his film - as he always did - not in any logical manner or order, but like a mosaic of images, creating a whole and a statement - a strong statement about intolerance in this case.

This one might even be palatable for non-Jarman fans.


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