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Separation [DVD]

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  • Directors: Jane Arden, Jack Bond
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: BFI
  • DVD Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027FFSS0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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1960s British drama written by and starring Jane Arden. The film follows the breakdown of a middle-aged woman after the collapse of her marriage during London's 'Swinging Sixties'. Through her own fragmented visions, her past and future are explored.

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The BFI deserve much credit for finding, restoring and reissuing the feature films of the writer/director Jane Arden and her collaborator the producer/director Jack Bond. Feature length experimental films are rare but the Arden/Bond team risked this format three times. The first, 'Separation'(1967) ignores the conventions of narrative cinema and is driven by the events, memories and dreams of a woman - played by Arden herself - whose marriage is falling apart. Whilst it is certain to infuriate some viewers, for others it will be an absorbing experience. Arden and Bond seem to have been very much aware of the French New Wave, particularly Resnais and Godard, and the groundbreaking improvisations of John Cassavetes. Despite these influences 'Separation' is an original, thought-provoking film with the huge benefit of a strong cast, notably the enigmatic Ann Lynn and, playing the husband/psychiatrist figure, the great David de Keyser.
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Amazing to have this restored and available. I don't know how it will fly off the shelves, but time has treated it well, I think. A lot of location shooting makes this a trip down memory lane for those old enough. The sixties experimentalism has matured nicely in my opinion. Couple of nice bonuses including a Soft Machine / Mark Boyle piece worth the price of acquisition itself. Should be on every film studies syllabus
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In her turgidly pretentious liner notes, feminist professor Clair Monk chooses to ignore the completely valid criticisms held against this film on its release (by conveniently male reviewers) on the basis of its nonsensicality and narcissistically hysterical protagonist, by implying they were not aware they were watching a feminist film, as if its agenda invalidated their responses instead of giving weight to them. On an ideological level, this openly Marxist piece of Radical Feminist propaganda is entirely worthless, and all too similar philosophically to the relentless generalising whining of feminist slam poets. It also doesn't help much that the film is wilfully unstructured and incoherent, and that nothing of any consequence occurs within it. I don't even know how it achieved its 18 certificate. There is no sex, no violence and just a few scenes of non-explicit nudity involved. Director Boyd and actress/writer Arden were propagandists and not high artists. If they get any recognition now from serious reviewers, it is because of the headlock which progressives have over the arts media and over cultural institutions, not because they made genuinely philosophic or watchable films. In her liner notes, Claire Monk's excusal of the subjectivity of the film on the grounds that it is feminist only serves as accidental proof of the true nature of her own agenda. I give this 1 star more than it deserves on the grounds that it is at least well edited and has very good photography, but I bought this in a sale lately purely because I trust BFI releases and wish to be vocal about the fact that if they're trying to revivify the reputations of underviewed directors, there are better films out there to bring back modern eyes on than this.
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I saw this movie at it's NFT screening in July 2009 and I can honestly say that the only good thing about this confusing and non sensical movie is the splending musical soundtrack performed by Procol Harum. The main song "Salad days (are here again)" fits in well with the scenne and the unreleased version of "Seperation" by Procol's Matthew Fisher is a great tune.
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