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Concrete Cinema: Blue (1993)

Jun 13, 2013, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Thursday, June 13, 2013
8:00 PM

Free and open to the public. Cash bar.

Join CAM and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts for a collaborative summer series featuring film and discussion by select contemporary artists that activates the courtyard shared between the institutions.

Derek Jarman (b. 1942, London) is one of Britain’s most visionary and controversial filmmakers. His features include Sebastiane (1976), Jubillee (1977), the Tempest (1979), Caravaggio (1986), The Last of England (1988), Edward II (1991) and Blue (1993). His films have been screened at numerous festivals including Cannes Film Festival (1977, 1987); Berlin Film Festival (1979); Istanbul Film Festival (1987); and New York Film Festival (1993). In 1984 the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London held a retrospective of Jarman’s paintings. As a theatre designer he created sets and costumes for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, and the Coliseum, among others. He has also worked as production manager for Ken Russell’s The Devils and Savage Messiah, at the same time producing his own films in super 8 and directed the stage show of The Pet Shop Boys World Tour (1989). As a writer, he has published several books including autobiographical Dancing Ledge and The Last of England. A recipient of several awards including the L.A. Film Critics Award (1988) and Teddy Award (1988,1992,1993), one of his greatest achievements is Jarman Award named in his honor that recognizes filmmakers whose risk-taking work resists boundaries and conventional definition – who are to our times what Jarman was to his. He studied painting at the Slade School in London. A long time gay activist, he was diagnosed HIV positive in 1986 and died of complications from AIDS in 1994.

1993, United Kingdom, 35mm on video, color, stereo, English, 76 mins.

Blue (1993) is a courageous personal testimony about filmmaker Derek Jarman’s experiences with AIDS. A radicial and daring film, it was hailed as a master- piece when it premiered at the Venice Biennale. A blue screen provides the canvas for the visions of the audience, conjured up from the evocative words and music of the remarkably rich soundtrack by Simon Fisher-Turner. Jarman’s own words are delivered by John Quentin, Nigel Terry, Tilda Swinton and Jarman himself. Quite without sentimentality, self pity or polemic, eloquently spare and vivid in its verbal imagery, and at times very funny, Blue (1993) is a remarkable work by one of Britain’s most extraordinary filmmakers. (Artificial Eye)

Upcoming Concrete Cinema presentations:

July 25Marfa Voices (2007)

August 8The Future Is Not What It Used to Be (2002) and Futuro—A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998)

September 12Multiplicities of Color: Pulitzer Film Night with Cinema St. Louis