Using a mixture of childhood home movies and footage of decaying, run down cities, he compiles a fragmented picture of how things used to be, compared to how things are, in his opinion, in the now of the 1980s.
While it’s fascinating for the most part, this is arty, experimental stuff which is unlikely to win any new fans for the director. It works best as a kind of cinematic performance theatre, with the outstanding performance coming from Jarman’s usual suspect Swinton. –Film4
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
Its visual/verbal imagery is cinematic glory. Ruins of a post-war civilization in a dystopian, post-punk, sexual nightmare of oppression and death. How to escape unscathed from Jarman’s furious immediacy? The last 30 minutes are absolutely hypnotic, poetic and liberating and definitely one of the most uplifting experiences I have ever had. Unforgettable. ~Tomorrow? Tomorrow has been canceled, due to lack of interest.
A look back at the posters for departing festival director Richard Peña’s very first NYFF.
What I love about this new poster for Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love (Io sono l'amore) is not just its gorgeous typography, but also how it celebrates