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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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.
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
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.
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.
No disrespect intended towards Jarman, because by rating this 3 stars all I am essentially doing is claiming a man's final statements on life to be average, but I just can't identify with this type of hyper-seriousness. It felt awfully similar to a flowery poetry book on cassette. That along with just a blue screen (though clearly there for a purpose) made this considerably tedious for me.
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).