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Blue (1993)

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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Derek Jarman

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Derek Jarman
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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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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Derek Jarman's Blue See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£90,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,718,328
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Quotes

Terry, Nigel: The Gautama Bhudda advises me to Walk Away from Illness. But he wasn't attached to a drip...
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Connections

Featured in Brows Held High: Blue (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Gnossienne No. 1
Composed by Erik Satie
Performed by Jan Latham-Koenig
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User Reviews

Wipeout
5 February 2001 | by nunculusSee all my reviews

Losing his eyesight, Derek Jarman made this remarkable short

feature in which his diaristic reminiscences, and commentary on

his current degeneration from AIDS symptoms, are set against a

placid musical score and a cool, empty blue background.

An obviously simple idea, but what an amazingly rich one: Jarman

has created the closest movie experience to a director talking to

the inside of your head. The concomitant feelings of control-losing

peace and terrifying hallucination (one obviously starts to project

images into the blue blankness) are...well, so obviously apt, aren't

they? For a film about spirit, and about the interiorness of

everyone's reactions, BLUE is remarkably controlled in its effects.

It provides an experience adult viewers haven't had much since

childhood--of letting go and getting lost.


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