In his final—and most daring—cinematic statement, Jarman the romantic meets Jarman the iconoclast in a lush soundscape pulsing against a purely blue screen. Laying bare his physical and spiritual state in a narration about his life, his struggle with AIDS and his encroaching blindness, Blue is by turns poignant, amusing, poetic and philosophical. –Zeitgeist Films
Derek Jarman (January 31, 1942- February 19, 1994), British film director, artist, and writer.
Jarman’s first films were experimental super 8mm shorts, a form he never entirely abandoned, and later developed further (in his films Imagining October (1984), The Angelic Conversation (1985), The Last Of England (1987) and The Garden (1990)) as a parallel to his narrative work.
Jarman made his debut in “overground” narrative filmmaking with the groundbreaking Sebastiane (1976), arguably the first British film to feature positive images of gay sexuality, and the first (and to date, only) film entirely in Latin. He follwed this with the film many regard as his first masterpiece, Jubilee (shot 1977, released 1978), in which Queen Elizabeth I of England is transported forward in time to a desolate and brutal wasteland ruled by her twentieth century namesake. Jubilee was arguably the first UK punk movie, and amongst its cast featured punk groups and figures such as Wayne County… read more
Was there ever a bolder, more painful eulogy committed to recent film such as this? In equal measures poetic, ponderous and perverted in its desperate oration, a vivid, transient dirge to the world. Perpetual lapis signifying the blindness near death - blue, universal, in shedding the glimmers of past, ephemeral joyhood; the neutral canvas against the present worldly, inescapable conscious, the spiritual transcendence against Jarman’s despondent reality of a post-Thatcher England.
There is a small and dark room at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, where you can lay down on the soft floor and watch Pipilloti Rist’s video installation – completely undisburbed and sucked into the screen. This is how I wish I had seen “Blue”.
i saw this film at a screening in an art gallery in london. the tiny, white room that over a hundred people were crammed into to stare at a blue wall for 80 minutes was much more intimate than a cinema. for that 80 minutes, i shared a feeling with that group of people that i'll probably never feel again. a beautiful, heart-wrenching, triumph of a film. no, to call it a film wouldn't be enough. it was an experience.