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  1. Carina Dybevick's rating of the film War Requiem

    When I saw this film pop up, I audibly gasped. Wilfred Owen is one of my favorite poets of all time, so I deeply appreciate the effort to recreate moments of his life. To really understand this film, however, you must be familiar with the poet. At times the music felt a bit jarring/unfitting but overall, this film was very well executed. Jarman truly reveals the emotional burden that was World War I.

  2. tintinmugshot's rating of the film War Requiem

    Dreamy allegory about war wounds. So poetical, freely and intense.

  3. Nick Potter's rating of the film War Requiem

    Perhaps just a bit too experimental for me, couldn't find myself being able to latch on to much.

  4. David R Williams's rating of the film War Requiem

    Agreed: " Like nearly all of Derek Jarman's films, his War Requiem is an uneven work where it's often easier to admire what was attempted more than what was actually achieved." -

  5. Honeychurch's rating of the film War Requiem

    I'm almost a Tilda completist and I think i really never got a good close look at her tonsils until this film. i really need to go rent "The Garden" now..

  6. Myles's rating of the film War Requiem

    Whatever organization funded this, I'm pretty sure Trump is about to kill its American equivalent...

  7. runfromfire's rating of the film War Requiem

    Visually entrancing. Begs to be watched multiple times in order to dissect it's layers. Reminds me of the Qatsi trilogy.

  8. Slappy McGee's rating of the film War Requiem

    (2.5 stars) Some will LOVE it and some will HATE it. Most will "GET" it, but it won't be their bag. I fall into that latter category. It's visual poetry and it's certainly experimental in nature. Good to see filmmakers taking risks and trying things. Wish they would have left out the "real life" war atrocities. But yeah, it's very operatic and theatrical in design, and that's cool enough.

  9. David Richards's rating of the film War Requiem

    "Let us sleep now..." I love Britten's oratorio, but Jarman's visuals do not add much. In fact it's corny at times with actors, especially Tilda Swinton, shamelessly chewing the scenery. It's most effective in parts where he's layering archival footage. To be honest, I don't know who could have pulled this off, maybe Tarkovsky. Great music though...

  10. Adam GR's rating of the film War Requiem

    My first Jarman! The poetry of experimental film. It kind of gets real toward the end. I want to see all of Tilda Swinton's work because this will be one of my favorite performances of hers. Owen Teale is so magnificent in this role, what a character actor! A lot of men on men contact, but in tragic situations. Also my first Olivier.

  11. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film War Requiem

  12. EdieEmm's rating of the film War Requiem

    Both the best & worst of Jarman’s sincerity (naïveté?) & theatricality. A true requiem; solemn, earnest - recruiting art (poetry, operatic choreography, orchestra, baroque aesthetics) & maybe half the symbolism in our collective consciousness in an exhortation to feel. Is it enough? For those open to it: immersive, moving, even devastating. But if it's your 1st Jarman, it'll likely be your last. Start somewhere else.

  13. msmichel's rating of the film War Requiem

    Jarman followed up the amazing 'The Last of England' with this poetic work full of rich imagery that wedded the operatic requiem by Benjamin Britten with Jarman's compositions with cinematographer Richard Gretrex. Many memorable scenes brought to life by Jarman's stock company including a young Tilda Swinton and Nigel Terry. A little precocious for some but worthwhile.

  14. josh scam's rating of the film War Requiem

    like war, brutal and pointless

  15. Stefan Drees's rating of the film War Requiem

    In reconstructing Wilfred Owens tragic story without words (and therefore giving a visual response to Benjamin Britten’s use of Owen’s poetry as inserts for the liturgical text of the "Missa pro defunctis") Jarman finds some disturbing pictures and convincing narratives for Britten’s highly inventive and historical important pacifist Requiem composition from 1961/62.

  16. Theories Of Anxiety's rating of the film War Requiem

    this movie was ok, but watching Jarman I feel like image of Tilda Swinton started me on questioning my sexuality.

  17. Ogtoma's rating of the film War Requiem

    I fell asleep after half of the film. Better turn off the opera. I hate musical. Nice shot at the end of the film. Use so many war footage. Crappy cheap song. 10/10 never watch again. The best way to watch this ?: See it in silence.

  18. Edna Sweetlove's rating of the film War Requiem

    Utterly terrible pretentious twaddle.

  19. Alessandro Tinchini's rating of the film War Requiem

    A true masterpiece by one of the purest and spontaneous filmmakers of the last century. A living canvas when actors go back to their original concept of acting in cinema, which was expressing without talking. A must watch for everybody and a must have for all the Jarman fans.

  20. Arcanus's rating of the film War Requiem

    Without a shadow of a doubt the most pretentiously laughable film I have ever seen. I would need to be paid £100 to sit through it again.

  21. Richmond Hill's rating of the film War Requiem

    Generally affecting visualisation with the odd heavy alliteration but an earnest and worthy attempt nevertheless.