The Angelic Conversation


(out of 5)

The most artistically minded viewers might get something out of this Derek Jarman experiment, but even that’s a long shot. A man makes a spiritual journey to cleanse himself before finding love, all of it filmed in black and white and slow motion while  reads Shakespearean sonnets over the soundtrack. Dench is a most welcome voice for the Bard’s work, but as a feature film this is a bit of a wearing method of storytelling. Jarman is, as usual, an uncompromising filmmaker, but this time his work is as alienating as it is admirable.

Channel Four Films, British Film Institute

United Kingdom, 1987

Directed by 

Sonnets by 

Cinematography by Derek Jarman

Produced by

Music by , ,

Film Editing by ,

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