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The Angelic Conversation (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 February 1987 (Japan)
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 »

Director:

Derek Jarman

Writer:

William Shakespeare (sonnets)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Reynolds Paul Reynolds
Phillip Williamson Phillip Williamson
Judi Dench ... Shakespeare's Sonnets read by (voice)
Dave Baby Dave Baby
Timothy Burke Timothy Burke
Simon Costin Simon Costin
Christopher Hobbs Christopher Hobbs
Philip McDonald Philip McDonald
Toby Mott Toby Mott
Steve Randall Steve Randall
Robert Sharp Robert Sharp
Tony Wood Tony Wood
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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 elemental: boulders and smaller rocks, the sea, smoke or fog, and a garden. The man is on an odyssey following his love. But he must first, as the sonnet says, know what conscience is. So, before he can be united with his love, he must purify himself. He does so, bathing a tattooed figure (an angel, perhaps) and humbling himself in front of this being. He also prepares himself with water and through his journey and his meditations. Finally, he is united with his fair friend. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Connections

Featured in Derek Jarman: Life as Art (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Sea Interludes
from "Peter Grimes"
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Montagu Slater
Performed by the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Conducted by Colin Davis
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Like a painting in motion
22 November 2003 | by LaFeeChartreuseSee all my reviews

This is possibly the most visually beautiful film I've ever seen.

Like many of Jarman's works, it has no conventional narrative, but a montage of images, music and voice. The film was made by putting the original footage through a variety of different visual processes which end up giving it the look of an oil painting in motion -- I've never seen anything quite like it. The hypnotic (and frequently homoerotic) visual imagery coupled with ethereal, ambient music and a female voice reading Shakespeare's love sonnets is almost trance-inducing -- you seriously feel like you're in an altered state of consciousness by the end of it.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy experimental/art films, but those who don't will probably find the lack of a conventional plot confusing.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Angeliškas pokalbis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP35,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205
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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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