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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1993 (USA) See more »

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Derek Jarman's Blue See more »

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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 »

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Terry, Nigel: A Moon Faced Boy who repeatedly spits and genuflects.
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True Blue, baby I love you
13 February 2002 | by Champion-3See all my reviews

Jarman's masterpiece was always going to attract a lazy criticism from the mainstream mindset: pretentious, trendy, self-indulgent etc.

But to dismiss it out of hand as no better than a first year art student's project is to fail to appreciate the rich narrative.

The coldness of the blue focusses the mind on what Jarman has to tell us, perhaps far better than any other colour would've done. We cannot help but listen, and take in one very gifted man's grim yet positive perspective on gay life, and a slow death through AIDS.

Brian Eno's musical score is stark and haunting, with passages of female vocal harmony that are strongly influenced by contempory sacred music from Eastern Europe.

Watch this film with an open mind: Force yourself to keep staring into the blue yonder, and it will empower you with a new level of vision and perspective.


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