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Blue (1993)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 3 December 1993 (USA)
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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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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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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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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Narrator: Graham committed suicide. How did he do it? It seemed incidental. What did it matter if he swigged prussic acid or shot himself in the eye? Maybe he dived from the cloud-lapped skyscrapers.
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Gnossienne No. 1
Composed by Erik Satie
Performed by Jan Latham-Koenig
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Experimental, yet brilliant, visual experience.
9 November 2000 | by dfutatoSee all my reviews

Many people complained about the triteness or cliche nature of the device of using an all-blue screen for the seventy-some odd minutes of this film. I'd guess that most of these people never saw the film on the big screen.

If you did see this on a big screen, however, you were sure to notice the tricks your eyes played on you. Jarman, directing this film as he lost his eyesight (and what could be worse for a director?), last saw the color blue. As you watch the film, your eyes become saturated with the color blue, and begin to try and compensate for the overstimulation, shifting to oranges, showing illusionary shapes in the blank field of the screen, and ultimately betraying you. What better allegory for the loss of one's vision, especially when it means everything to you?


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