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War Requiem (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 6 January 1989 (UK)
A movie with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include World War I soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's ... See full summary »

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Derek Jarman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathaniel Parker ... Wilfred Owen
Tilda Swinton ... The Nurse
Laurence Olivier ... The Old Soldier
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Mother
Rohan McCullough Rohan McCullough ... Enemy Mother
Nigel Terry ... Abraham
Owen Teale ... The Unknown Soldier
Sean Bean ... The German Soldier
Alex Jennings ... Blinded Soldier
Claire Davenport Claire Davenport ... Charge Sister / Britannia
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ... Soldier 1
Milo Bell Milo Bell ... Soldier 2
Richard Stirling Richard Stirling ... Soldier 3
Kim Kindersley Kim Kindersley ... Soldier 4
Stuart Turton Stuart Turton ... Soldier 5
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A movie with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include World War I soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. It shows the story of an Englishman soldier (Wilfred Owen) and a nurse (his bride) during World War I. It also includes actual footage of contemporary wars (World War II, Vietnam, Angola, et cetera). Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1989 (UK) See more »

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Sota requiem See more »

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UK

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Dolby SR (as spectral recording Dolby Stereo SR in selected theatres)

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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Opening credits prologue: Wilfred Owen, the soldier poet whose words inspired Benjamin Britten's music, was killed in the last week of World War I at the age of 27. See more »

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Soundtracks

War Requiem, Op. 66
Composed and conducted by Benjamin Britten
Based on poems by Wilfred Owen
Soloists: Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with The Bach Choir, The London Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Highgate School Choir
Music played by The Melos Ensemble of London and The London Symphony Orchestra
Organist: Simon Preston
Original recording courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited, England, Catalogue No. 414 383-2
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Music by Britten, Words by Owen
31 October 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I was watching War Requiem which is Derek Jarman's conception of images of the music of Benjamin Britten and the poetry of Wilfrid Owen and I thought this was a work better left to the imagination. Beautiful, but something I might imagine hearing it would be a lot different.

Newsreel footage of World War I and more contemporary conflicts are mixed in with live pantomime like performances of various players and singers including Laurence Olivier in his farewell performance. Olivier plays a wheelchair bound veteran of World War I in whose eyes all the images are seen.

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem was originally composed for the dedication of the new cathedral in Coventry, the old one as well as the town itself pretty much blasted to smithereens by Hitler's Luftwaffe. The words are by Wilfrid Owen, the various verses he wrote are put to Britten's music. Owen was killed almost exactly a week before the Armistice was signed in 1918. Oddly enough both men were as one British friend of mine puts it, 'as gay as green shoes'.

This is Jarman's vision, not necessarily mine, not necessarily your's. I think that art like this is best left to the individual imagination. But Jarman does a vision of terrible beauty as W.B. Yeats put it.


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