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Caravaggio
Derek Jarman's most profound reflection on art, sexuality and identity retells the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. CARAVAGGIO incorporates the painter's precise aesthetic into the movie's own visuals, while touching on all of Jarman's major concerns: history,…
The Last Of England
An apocalyptic roar of a movie, Derek Jarman's (Sebastiane) dizzying THE LAST OF ENGLAND is a lament for the country he once knew and what he feared it would become. One of Jarman's most experimental and overwhelming works, he has Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) stalk through the remnants…
Wittgenstein
A humorous portrait of one of the 20th century's most influential philosophers. This self-tortured eccentric, who preferred detective fiction and the musicals of Carmen Miranda to Aristotle, is a fitting subject for Derek Jarman's irreverent imagination. A visually stunning and profoundly entertaining work about modern philosophy and the dark genius…
MURDER and murder
From acclaimed feminist filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, MURDER AND MURDER is a middle-aged love story between Mildred, a life-long lesbian, and Doris, who is in love with a woman for the first time. An unflinching meditation on female aging, lesbian sexuality and breast cancer in a culture that glorifies youth and…
The Scenic Route
An experimental drama that spins the tale of a woman, her sister, and the man who completes the triangle. Told through such fertile sources as grand opera, classical painting, and Victorian melodrama. Winner of the Sutherland Trophy at the British Film Institute Awards.
The Angelic Conversation
"My most austere work, but also the closest to my heart." So Derek Jarman described THE ANGELIC CONVERSATION, his lyrical celebration of gay love set within the context of a series of Shakespeare's sonnets. Ethereal Super-8 images slowed to a magical, meditative pace follow the love affair between two men,…
Cowards Bend The Knee
Adapted from a ten-part peephole installation, COWARDS BEND THE KNEE is "jam-packed with enough kinetically photographed action to seem like a never-ending cliffhanger. Set in a shadow-suffused hockey arena and a Mabuse-like beauty salon-slash-abortion clinic, the plot drips with Grecian formula, as sordid family secrets spawn unintentional murder most foul.…
Local Color
Although LOCAL COLOR is usually credited as being a minimalist film through its foregoing of complicated set design, director Mark Rappaport has intentionally conducted a feeling of excess in its textual elements. A shifting interior monologue among the cast of eight complicates our perspective of how this film is meant…
Film About A Woman Who...
Yvonne Rainer's landmark film is a meditation on ambivalence that plays with cliche and the conventions of soap opera while telling the story of a woman whose sexual dissatisfaction masks an enormous anger.
Art Films by Rina Sherman
Rina Sherman, a classical musician by training, turned to performance art and filmmaking in 1983, a year before she was exiled from South Africa and settled in France. She was a founding member of the performance art group, Possession Arts, in Johannesburg in 1983. Her early films show a strong…
Glitterbug
A stunning collage of ecstatic Super-8 fragments, GLITTERBUG is a loving tribute to Derek Jarman posthumously assembled by friends from his prolific filming of everyday events and his experimental investigations of the format. Jarman's vibrant photography combined with dynamic cutting reveals glimpses into his picaresque life, from London streets to…
Lives of Performers
A stark and revealing examination of romantic alliances, LIVES OF PERFORMERS examines the dilemma of a man who can't choose between two women and makes them both suffer. Originally part of a dance performance choreographed by filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. Selected for the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation…