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MPAA Rating - R

    90 Minutes

    Historical Film

Original Release Date:
    Jun 14, 2005

    Derek Jarman

    Steven Waddington, Andrew Tiernan, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, Kevin Collins

Movie Summary
Two years before director Derek Jarman died of AIDS, he directed this extremely ambitious variation on Christopher Marlowes 16th-century play. While Marlowe is the root of this film, Jarman has taken a great deal of leeway with the manner of presentation. The story revolves around King Edwards open homosexuality, which eventually led to his murder and succession. Instead of lush historical settings, the film uses bare walls and dirt floors and puts the cast into smart suits. This staginess works to the advantage of Jarmans design, and he takes every opportunity to anachronize. (For example, Annie Lennox shows up to provide a lovely rendition of Cole Porters Every Time We Say Goodbye.) A striking film, and a high point of Jarmans career. ~ John Voorhees, All Movie Guide


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