Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
United Kingdom/West Germany, 1988. Anglo International Films, Tartan Films, British Screen Productions, Channel Four Films, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen. Screenplay by Derek Jarman. Cinematography by Richard Heslop, Christopher Hughes, Derek Jarman, Cerith Wyn Evans. Produced by Don Boyd, James Mackay. Music by Simon Fisher-Turner. Production Design by Christopher Hobbs. Costume Design by Sandy Powell. Film Editing by Peter Cartwright, Angus Cook, John Maybury, Sally Yeadon.
In the oeuvre of Derek Jarman’s experimental works, this fine work of art stands out as a masterpiece. It has no discernible plot, but is a collection of visually poetic images that describe Jarman’s take on Thatcherism and what it has done to England. Using home movie footage, homoerotic imagery and, most memorably, Tilda Swinton cutting up her wedding dress, it has jarring editing that emphasizes the look of a collage for an unforgettable viewing experience that will leave you numb and totally affected. Not for anyone looking towards an easy night at the movies, this will be very rewarding to art film lovers.