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The Garden (1990)

Unrated | | Drama | 1990 (USA)
A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to... See full summary »

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Derek Jarman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Madonna
Johnny Mills Johnny Mills ... Lover
Philip MacDonald Philip MacDonald ... Joseph
Pete Lee-Wilson ... Devil
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ... Mary Magdalene / Adam (as Spencer Lee)
Jody Graber Jody Graber ... Young Boy
Roger Cook Roger Cook ... Christ
Kevin Collins Kevin Collins ... Lover
Dawn Archibald Dawn Archibald
Milo Bell Milo Bell
Vernon Dobtcheff
Michael Gough
Mirabelle La Manchega Mirabelle La Manchega
Jessica Martin Jessica Martin
Jack Birkett Jack Birkett ... Pontius (as Orlando)
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A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to flee them. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by the powers that be. The men are mocked and pilloried, tarred, feathered, and beaten. Loose in this contemporary world of electrical-power transmission lines is also Jesus. The elements, particularly fire and water, content with political power, which is intolerant and murderous. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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UK | Germany | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kert See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£380,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in The Garden: Making of the Garden (1990) See more »

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Russian Orthodox Church Choir
Conducted by Michael Fortunato
Courtesy of IKON Records
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a great movie that deals about real living and hypocritical
23 January 2007 | by gabriel_elekarmaSee all my reviews

Some people live, and many others are just jealous vultures.

The pictures and metaphors are made with a edge of a blade. Two kind of life are represented, and the cyclic way of life is very well pictured. I've seen a film on the modern times that have the same intensity is the film by Serge Reggio and Philip Glass (there is no words, pictures speak their selves), it's Koyaanisqatsi. The recurrent anachronisms are well interesting too, because all this theater is eternal. This paradox asks some real questions about the times we are living, and all illusion that suits. The way we lead our life, is the time we give themselves to be free.


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