War Requiem (1989)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

United Kingdom, 1989.  Anglo International Films, British Broadcasting Corporation, Liberty Film Sales.  Screenplay by Derek Jarman, based on poems by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Those familiar with and fond of Derek Jarman’s experimental style of filmmaking will want to check out this meditation on the horrors of war; everyone else is advised to steer clear.  Using his favourite actress, Tilda Swinton, Jarman tells a simple story of an English soldier () and his nurse during World War II, using only a music soundtrack and body movement without the benefit of dialogue. It’s very stylish and proper, but it’s not the level of genius that The Last Of England was. Jarman regulars  and  star, plus there’s an appearance by Laurence Olivier in his last film.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1989

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