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889 Ratings


Directed by Derek Jarman
United Kingdom, 1978
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


When Queen Elizabeth I asks her court alchemist to show her England in the future, she’s transported 400 years to a post-apocalyptic wasteland of roving girl gangs, an all-powerful media mogul, fascistic police, scattered filth, and twisted sex: Britain in the era of punk.

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Jubilee Directed by Derek Jarman

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  • Ruiz Buñuel's rating of the film Jubilee

    How 'How not to behave' can cast a long black shadow on promising premises. Much can be forgiven; it's trash, that's ok. It's unpleasant, it has to be. Much to like more to dislike, that's ok, my eyes are filters. Still, I have to say that the writing is on the wall: the writing is in the toilet. And it doesn't belong there, 'cause it's actually great. Jarman is a poet more than anything. Hence BLUE is his best film.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Jubilee

    Jarman's politic importance in 70/80s surpassed, by far, his dimension as a filmmaker, being mostly the strength of his iconoclastic resistance against the hideous Tatcher what most characterized him. I prefer him as a writer while his cinematographic acts seem dated to me, when before seemed poorly structured and/or too constructed on a stereotypical perspective. This film is a mere archaeological piece.

  • EdieMaas's rating of the film Jubilee

    Abrasive, brash, chaotic, confrontational, unrestrained, garish and glorious - the zeitgeist of the Winter of Discontent era inchoate British punk scene. Complete with questionable politics, silly immaturity, and all sorts of tedious posturing. Can't say I much liked it, but I like that I've seen it, and the who's who casting made it fun. 2.5

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Jubilee

    Although nearly fourty years old this movie didn't lose its provocative impact. It may seem a little bit amateurish in some aspects but this characteristic reinforces - after the discovery of trash as important part of culture - the actual effect. There are many strong sequences, especially when Jarman uses or choreographs music (e.g. the "Rule Britania" parody).

  • Michael H.'s rating of the film Jubilee

    The politics may have dated, but that's what happens when punk died but the world around it didn't die with it. Jubilee is still a heady brew that frustrates but is successful in its abrasiveness. Thankfully Greg Araki and The Doom Generation covered the nineties in the same mindset as this and covered the gap after punk vanished.

  • comeandsee's rating of the film Jubilee

    masterpiece. this film is both one of utter poetic beauty and the sadness that jarman presents on the anarchic mess that his nation england has become at the hands of those who disgust his values. his films always have such an ability to present the core of the cinema in such a raw and simple yet viscerally masterful way. as a presentation of an apocalyptic nation falling apart and destroying itself, this is perfect.

  • Eleanor Abernathy's rating of the film Jubilee

    this film is incredibly English which, i think, makes it hard to comprehend if you're American. Hell, I didn't even know what the title meant until I watched the documentary...but it was nice to watch a film about English punk that didn't involve malcolm mclaren and the sex really shows you that Americans don't know much about punk and it truely a upper class creation as most movements are.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Jubilee

    A rough, ragged and often unfocused rage, which nevertheless is a small gem of eclecticism - a magpie's nest of collected thoughts, ideas and idioms. The elegy for a calmer more decorous time strikes an elegant note in a field of otherwise smashed glass.

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