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376 Ratings

Edward II

Directed by Derek Jarman
United Kingdom, Japan, 1991
Drama, Avant-Garde, Cult


Adapted from the Christopher Marlowe play, Derek Jarman boldly depicts Britain’s only acknowledged gay monarch (1307-1327), whose preference for his male lover over his queen created conflict with his barons and eventually led to civil war.

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Edward II Directed by Derek Jarman

Critics reviews

Derek Jarman’s wittily anachronistic, triumphantly queer gloss on Christopher Marlowe, released in 1991, features Annie Lennox’s rendition of “Every Time We Say Goodbye” and Tilda Swinton as a Margaret Thatcher-like Queen Isabella. So boldly patterned it seems to float in front of the screen like an op art hallucination, it’s showing in a new digital restoration.
April 27, 2018
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My candidate for best movie by the late Derek Jarman is this politically potent, deliberately shocking, anachronistic adaptation of the Christopher Marlowe play (1991); Jarman rethinks it in terms of contemporary English homophobia and the Thatcher-Reagan legacy.
May 08, 1992
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Extravagant visual elegance and sexual politics have always formed a volatile mix in the work of the English film maker Derek Jarman. And in “Edward II,” the 14th-century tale of the downfall of a weak gay monarch and his unpopular companion is invested with a powerful contemporary resonance.
March 20, 1992
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