Thursday, 6 February 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 59: Fri Feb 28

Edward II (Jarman, 1991):
Deptford Film Club, St Nichlas' Church, Deptford Green, Deptford SE8 3DQ, 8pm


To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the playwright Christopher Marlowe's birth, the Deptford Film Club are screening Derek Jarman's Edward II inside the church where Marlowe is buried.

Chicago Reader review:
My candidate for best movie by the late Derek Jarman is this politically potent, deliberately shocking, anachronistic adaptation of the Christopher Marlowe play (1992); Jarman rethinks it in terms of contemporary English homophobia and the Thatcher-Reagan legacy. Shooting his spare settings in crisp 35-millimeter images, Jarman gives the tragedy a seriousness and potency that puts Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books to shame. Coscripted by Stephen McBride and Ken Butler; with Steve Waddington, Andrew Tiernan, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, and Jerome Flynn. The music is performed by the Elektra Quartet (and at one climactic juncture, Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics performs Cole Porter's “Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye”).
Jonathan Rosenbaum


Here is the trailer.

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