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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1987 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Angelic Conversation See more »

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Budget:

GBP35,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205
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Stereo

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1.37 : 1
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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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Kitsch
28 August 2005 | by sylvianSee all my reviews

Ten minutes' worth of voyeuristic amateur video stretched out (playback set to frame-by-frame) into an hour of pretentious gay artsiness. Shakespeare recited to give 'depth' to the platitude - (in a woman's voice - oh, creativity!). Coil's accompanying sounds are the reason why the word 'bombastic' was invented. Just don't think I'm a gay-hater (far from that) - I simply cannot stand this kind of indulgent schmaltz. Love between men equal with gazing upon each other's phiz while fanning? Give me a break. Just imagine this without the oh so cute protagonists: two middle aged, hairy men gone awry staring into the sun, drifting in the water, then decorating each other with pearls. You may like this, but it still remains a lazy kitsch, sorry.


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