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The Last of England (1987)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 18 July 1988 (Japan)
The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher.

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Derek Jarman
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tilda Swinton ... The Maid
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ... Soldier / Various roles
'Spring' Mark Adley 'Spring' Mark Adley ... Spring / Various roles (as Spring)
Gerrard McArthur Gerrard McArthur ... Various roles
Jonny Phillips ... Various roles (as Jonathan Phillips)
Gay Gaynor Gay Gaynor ... Various roles
Matthew Hawkins Matthew Hawkins ... Junkyard Guy
Nigel Terry ... Narrator (voice)
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The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher. Written by International Film Circuit <ifcplanet@aol.com>

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Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last of England - Verlorene Utopien See more »

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Budget:

£276,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Voice 1: Is it loaded?
Voice 2: Yes, Ma'am.
Voice 1: Did you enjoy the Falklands?
Voice 2: Yes, Ma'am.
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Pomp and Circumstance
Composed by Edward Elgar (as Elgar)
Performed by Royal Scottish National Orchestra (as Scottish National Orchestra)
Conducted by Alexander Gibson (as Gibson)
Bank of Scotland series
© 1978 Chandos Records Ltd
® 1984 Chandos Records Ltd
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Very Weird and strange

This film seems to be a bizarre hybrid of David Lynch at his most weirdest and Jim Jarmush on an acid trip. There is no linear progression or any character development. Or any real characters when I think about it. Or story. Just a very strange mixture of disgusting visuals and gay imagery.

For the first half of the movie we linger on a bunch of hobos in a demolished wasteland. We can't really tell if they are just living in an old factory or if the world has been destroyed by nuclear apocalypse. These scenes are tinted (or flooded) by either red, green or blue. The guys just walk around and stuff. Nothing special.

I don't know why I didn't walk out of this movie. Obviously some part of it held my attention. I don't know what though. What's even stranger is that I WOULD recommend this film to others. If you like movies it's a good idea to see a few bizarre ones. If you don't like it that's fine. But I bet you can't fully explain WHY you don't like it. I can't explain why I even sat thru it.

It's good to see. Even though it doesn't have the normal things associated with movies. IE script, producer and well…I dunno. Not much dialogue either.


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