Derek Jarman Collection: Tempest/Last of England/Jubilee/Sebastiane/War Requiem
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Released: 04 May 2012
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The Tempest (1979)
Jarman's Tempest is the story of Miranda's growth from girlhood to woman; Prospero has retreated to a world of ideas but it is cold and loveless, he condemns Caliban as a monster but all Jarman's Caliban is guilty of is possessing carnal appetites, the same appetites which Miranda is starting to discover for herself.
Last Of England (1988)
Derek Jarman's vision of a chaotic and socially fractured post-apocalyptic England reflects the turbulence of the Thatcher era.
Jubilee (1978) Queen Elizabeth I travels to late twentieth-century Britain to discover a tawdry and depressing landscape where life mostly seems aimless and is anyway held cheap. Three post-punk girls while away their vacuous existence as best they can, from time-to-time straying into murder to relieve the boredom.
The first and only film shot entirely in subtitled Latin, Sebastiane is Derek Jarman's first work as a director and is a strange combination of gay nudie movie, pocket-sized Ancient Roman epic and meditation upon the image of Saint Sebastian.
War Requiem (1989)
The combination of Benjamin Britten's powerful War Requiem, the poetry of Wilfred Owen and the acting and cinematography in this piece make for an intense experience. Jarman was not allowed to add a single word to the text of the requiem, yet he managed to make this work both a personal and a universal statement. Don't distract yourself with popcorn: give it your total attention. The images will haunt you.
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