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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

Certificate:

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Country:

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 »

Soundtracks

Russian Orthodox Church Choir
Conducted by Michael Fortunato
Courtesy of IKON Records
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Make it stop
24 May 1999 | by BjorkSee all my reviews

Watching this movie gave me the feeling that I had suddenly gone insane for 90 minutes. Now I can say that some parts were merely awful while others were pretentious crap. The only things going for this movie are the presences of Tilda Swinton even though she doesn't speak, and the two leading men who were at least cute. But those points are not nearly enough to rescue "The Garden" from itself. Be warned.


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