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Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman's experiences with AIDS, both ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Quentin John Quentin ... Narrator (voice)
Nigel Terry ... Narrator (voice)
Derek Jarman ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
Tilda Swinton ... Narrator (voice)
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Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman's experiences with AIDS, both literally and allegorically, together with an exploration of the meanings associated with the colour blue. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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3 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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GBP90,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The lines "Our name will be forgotten in time, no-one will remember our work [etcetera]", and "our lives will run like sparks through the stubble" are adapted from the book in the Biblical Apocrypha "The Wisdom of Solomon", Chapters two and three respectively. See more »

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Terry, Nigel: Charity has allowed the uncaring to appear to care. The rich and powerful who ****** us over once, **** us over again, and get it both ways.
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Rest in Peace...Derek Jarman
17 January 2012 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

Derek Jarman was a British film maker who's films were an acquired taste for some,and reason to delight for others. He started out as an painter, and got into film from being a set designer for such films as Ken Russell's 'The Devils'. He started out making simple (but never simple minded) 8mm films,moving eventually to 35mm features. Along the way, he experimented,resulting in films such as 'The Garden'. In 'Blue' (a.k.a.Derek Jarman's Blue),he was nearly blind,as a result of AIDS, and wanted to film his final testament. The result is nearly 80 minutes of what appears to be blue light struck leader (generally used at the beginning of each reel of film,so as not to allow direct light on screen),augmented with spoken text,some of which by some of Jarman's favourite actors (Tilda Swinton),with various realms of music (classical,ambient,etc.). As with other experimental/expanded cinema, this film will leave some cold,and delight others. Not rated by the MPAA,but contains some naughty language


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