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8.4
/10
826 Ratings

Blue

Directed by Derek Jarman
United Kingdom, 1993
Drama, Avant-Garde, LGBT+

Synopsis

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.

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Blue Directed by Derek Jarman
Replacing the canvas with the screen, Jarman’s Blue is alive with our own projections. The purity of colour and its power to evoke true experience allows for the spectator’s presence in the absence of man.
January 16, 2019
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Perhaps by eliminating straightforward representation, one can focus on the soul rather than its vessel. In this regard, it’s unique in how it merges experimental and narrative qualities. What may at first seem alienating for viewers unfamiliar with Jarman soon becomes inviting in its courageous closeness. BLUE is the essence of cinema as ontological study, a staggeringly afflictive experience that illuminates film’s most transcendent qualities.
September 30, 2016
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A rich memoir of Jarman’s formative experiences as a gay man, and of his confrontation with sickness and mortality in the context of the AIDS crisis, an epidemic that disproportionately affected a whole generation of queer people. By inviting audiences to see as he saw, to hear as he heard, Jarman achieves an unparalleled intimacy with his audience in his final film.
June 30, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Blue

    I'm disappointed I waited so long to "watch" this sapphire mindbender. I always assumed the theoretical dedication would eventually grow tiresome, but the incredible sound design is unlike anything I've ever experienced. I won't soon forget the sense of inescapability — from both life and art — that lingered with me when the film ended.

  • Mtume Gant's rating of the film Blue

    Jarman was the master of blending the personal with protest, Blue being a deeply personal goodbye mixed with a final set of middle fingers towards the establishment he loathed. No other filmmaker could make this piece, which is easily the greatest comment you can give a work. Masterpiece

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Blue

    It shouldn't work, but it does, & beautifully so. Robbed of his sight, Jarman creates a hypnotic & subconscious rumination on life & death; from his hospital visits recounted in explicit detail, to delirium dreams & recollections of personal bliss. Watching its screen of unchanging blue as it radiates in a darkened room creates a sensory experience, where the imagery is evoked by the accumulation of sounds.

  • EdieMaas's rating of the film Blue

    Take away the Image, "the prison of the soul", & what's left? Everything. "Blue", Jarman's everything, "transcends the solemn geography of human limitations." Image limits the world to what's visible; "Blue is an open door to soul". I don't know what it says about cinema that Blue's the most intimate film I know, but I know what it says about Jarman. A piece of the Infinite made tangible, before he left to join it.

  • comeandsee's rating of the film Blue

    a masterpiece and jarman's last gift to cinema. the view and words of a dying man. but also at once the final culmination of the views jarman held of the state of cinema in link to the art of painting. i think this work sums up most of what makes jarman an iconic genius of cinema, the poetry found in the simplicity and the need to say something which cannot be sentimentalised, but just presented in it's raw form.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Blue

    Creativity can surpass all obstacles. Jarman's physical limitations paradoxically enable him to transcend his previous experimental achievements, with this unadulterated masterpiece.

  • Santropez's rating of the film Blue

    I had never seen someone speaking so beautifully, so honestly. Unfortunately, seems like we only achieve to do so when we have lost all that we have, when we are weakest.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Blue

    Starting from the experiences of loosing the sight as result of his illness Jarman creates an intriguing room for audiovisual experience using the color blue as semantic leitmotif and exploring different layers and kinds of sounds (music, words, noises).

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