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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 12 Jan 2011
This review is from: The Garden [1990] [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
The subject and form of this film will not be to everyones taste. However, for fans of Jarman's work, it is a masterpiece. As a commentary on how gay people are treated in contemporary society, it is a painful, forthright and occasionally blistering experience. The visuals are quite extraordinary, as are the violent juxtapositions in form and content. Not an easy film, certainly, and one which may take time to reveal it's poetic richness and complexity. The use of biblical imagery and themes is masterful, if somewhat challenging to the more orthodox viewer. If some are often outre and disturbing they are always acute and telling observations which cannot be easily dismissed. They are neither self-indulgent nor obscene - as has often been stated. Moreover they are the acute observations of a brilliant creative mind which- in the case of Jarman- had a major and profound influence on not only British independent cinema, but how people of different orientation are perceived within civil society. So, for those who are prepared to engage with this film for the full 90mts,and are open to considering its profound and moving arguments, I suspect that they will be more than amply rewarded. For others ... well there's always James Bond... ( Who I do like too by the way!!)
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