[NetBehaviour] Derek Jarman's birthday would be today! Now yesterday ; -)
tom.corby at btinternet.com
Mon Feb 1 07:49:03 CET 2010
Derek was a lovely man. I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of
occasions. He was wonderfully supportive of young artists even if if
must have got a little tiring for him being followed around by a pack of
what he described as "little furry things" :)
One of the UK greatest artists of the last 100 years or so. Fantastic
summary Mark. Can't really think of anything more to say but thank you.
marc garrett wrote:
> Derek Jarman's birthday would be today! Now yesterday ;-)
> As a mark of respect to Derek Jarman, I am posting some links to some of
> his works which have inspired me...
> Derek Jarman (31 January 1942 – 19 February, 1994) was an English film
> director, stage designer, artist, and writer.
> Jubilee (1977 film), a cult film directed by Derek Jarman. It stars
> Jenny Runacre, Ian Charleson, and a host of punk rockers. The title
> refers to the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 1977.
> "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. With Jubilee, legendary British
> filmmaker Derek Jarman channeled political dissent and artistic daring
> into a revolutionary blend of history and fantasy, musical and cinematic
> experimentation, satire and anger, fashion and philosophy. With its
> uninhibited punk petulance and sloganeering, Jubilee brings together
> many cultural and musical icons of the time, including Jordan, Toyah
> Willcox, Little Nell, Wayne County, Adam Ant, and Brian Eno (with his
> first original film score), to create a genuinely unique, unforgettable
> vision. Ahead of its time and often frighteningly accurate in its
> predictions, it is a fascinating historical document and a gorgeous work
> of film art." http://www.criterion.com/films/736
> Jubilee was one of those films which influenced my own life greatly. The
> spirit of the movie connected to me personally and (dare I say it)
> spiritually, in respect of it triggering off various inner feelings
> which before laid ungrounded. From then on, art, punk and everything
> else fell into place...
> Here is a snippet of Jubilee on Youtube
> BEYOND THE ENDLESS FUTURE CITY part 1 (Amyl Nitrate Lesson 1)
> Escena de Ballet de Jubilee
> Amyl Nitrate - Rule Britannia
> The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (music video directed by Derek Jarman).
> "The Queen Is Dead", starts with a soundbite from Bryan Forbes' 1962
> British film The L-Shaped Room. Another instance of Morrissey's
> fascination with '60s British cinema. The soundbite is Courtneidge's
> character nostalgically singing the World War I song "Take Me Back to
> Dear Old Blighty".
> The Devils.
> "The Devils is a 1971 British horror film directed by Ken Russell. It
> stars Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. It is based partially on the
> 1952 book The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley, and partially on the
> 1960 play The Devils by John Whiting, also based on Huxley's book."
> |Derek Jarman was responsible for the film's production design. The film
> is a dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain
> Grandier, a 17th century French priest executed for witchcraft."
> "A highly controversial film which has a history of censorship. The film
> is a strong condemnnation of religious institutions such as the Catholic
> Church and organized religion in general. This, combined with its
> unrelentingly graphic depictions of sex and violence, has led to its
> history of censorship.
> I remember reading The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley, an amazing
> book. Oh yes, at a young age the film itself blew my mind...
> The Devils (Ken Russell, 1971)
> That's my fave selection, any other suggestions?
> Wishing all well.
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