Posts Tagged “Derek Jarman”

Our winter of Are we discontent with Derek Jarman?

12.06.2008  |  By
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[Hello all. A small group of us have been having the occasional post-screening discussion in response to the Jarman retrospective now on. As I noted yesterday, none of us have been quite sure how to gauge our encounter with Derek Jarman. Weighing in below are Brecht Andersch, our projectionist, and Stephen Hartman, film-loving psychoanalyst! (You may remember them from our summer of Alexanderplatz). If you have thoughts, we'd love to hear them.]

Stephen Hartman:

So fond of techno am I that I have always refused to listen to—I’m sure I’ve even said “hated”—opera without knowing much about it. Then, recently, a dear friend set out to convert me. We spent a wonderful evening listening and comparing. As I write now, my new heroine Régine Crespin is belting out Verdi. Alas, me…a convert?

Unfortunately, diving back into Derek Jarman after many years had the opposite effect. Where I was once an Act Up boy overwhelmed by the poetry of The Garden and in... More

Guest Writer: James Mackay on “The Angelic Conversation”.

12.05.2008  |  By
Filed under: Essay

[We're a lot about Derek Jarman on the blog of late. It's been for many of us in the theater a process of discovery and rediscovery, and if the conversations I've participated in and overheard are a good barometer, even for those who are more familiar with Jarman's oeuvre it isn't as much meeting an old friend as re-encountering a familiar stranger you're not quite sure what to do with. James Mackay, who produced numerous films with Jarman, writes here about the production of The Angelic Conversation, the first feature they made together, detailing e... More

December 1, Day Without Art

12.01.2008  |  By
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[Taking a cue from Michael Buitron at Leap Into the Void (via MAN), rather than marking the 19th annual (but now somewhat invisible?) "Day Without Art" by shrouding an artwork or going dark for the day, I leave you with these wonderful stills from some of Derek Jarman's earliest Super 8 mm films, with thanks to producer James Mackay, who provided th... More

Saturday’s Jarman films: “The Garden” & “Wittgenstein”

11.28.2008  |  By
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We have a fantastic pair of Jarman films this Saturday for your holiday weekend, and I have to say that, for my part, I can think of no better method of recovery from over-familial holiday indulgence than a good dose of hours in the Wattis theater watching movies. Plus, nearly four hours with Tilda Swinton? Who would refuse?

The line-up is: The Gar... More

Derek Jarman: Throbbing Gristle “TG Psychic Rally in Heaven”

11.21.2008  |  By
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The last of my week of Derek Jarman music videos. Jarman made this video for Throbbing Gristle’s “TG Psychic Rally in Heaven” in 1981. Fair warning, it’s quite violent and explicit in language & content.

I think Jarman’s broken flashes of images complement TG’s challenging, avant-garde music.  Peter Christopherson, who played what we could call the percussion for the band, later went on to form the band Coil, which Jarman employed for soundtracks to many of his films.

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Derek Jarman: The Smiths “Ask”

11.20.2008  |  By
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More Jarman videos! This is one of several he made for The Smiths, Ask, from 1986.

Derek Jarman’s films and The Smiths’ songs share similar motifs; this video is a prime example. Both reflect on a fractured world. While Morrissey croons, “If it’s not love then it’s the bomb that will bring us together” Jarman’s video depicts romantic encounters in front of an abandoned warehouse. The skeleton dance partner makes the entire scene into a dance macabre: the youth celebrate but the world falls to pieces.


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Derek Jarman: Marianne Faithfull “Broken English”

11.19.2008  |  By
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For your dose of intense and stunning war images, here’s the video Jarman directed for Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English (1979).

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Derek Jarman: Pet Shop Boys “Rent”

11.18.2008  |  By
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A week of Jarman vids, continued! Jarman made three videos for the Pet Shop Boys: Rent, It’s a Sin and a set of projections for the band’s live shows. Today I have posted the video for Rent but I encourage you to seek out the others, as they are phenomenal as well.  I love the lyrics of this song, they are so to the point.

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Derek Jarman: Marianne Faithfull “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”

11.17.2008  |  By
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Hi, it’s Megan. We’ve got a Derek Jarman film series on right now, continuing through November and much of December. Some of you will know that, especially early in his career, Jarman made a lot of music videos. All this week, I will be posting some of my favorites.

To complement Jarman’s rebellious attitude, I thought I’d start off the week with the rebel Marianne Faithfull. Jarman created this video for her song “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” (1979). It’s a beautiful and haunting video. As an added plus, she’s a babe.

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