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War Requiem (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 6 January 1989 (UK)
A movie with no spoken dialogue, it is set against the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" which includes poetry by World War I soldier Wilfred Owen reflecting the horrors ... See full summary »

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Derek Jarman

Writer:

Derek Jarman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathaniel Parker ... Wilfred Owen
Tilda Swinton ... The Nurse
Laurence Olivier ... The Old Soldier
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Mother
Rohan McCullough Rohan McCullough ... Enemy Mother
Nigel Terry ... Abraham
Owen Teale ... The Unknown Soldier
Sean Bean ... The German Soldier
Alex Jennings ... Blinded Soldier
Claire Davenport Claire Davenport ... Charge Sister / Britannia
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ... Soldier 1
Milo Bell Milo Bell ... Soldier 2
Richard Stirling Richard Stirling ... Soldier 3
Kim Kindersley Kim Kindersley ... Soldier 4
Stuart Turton Stuart Turton ... Soldier 5
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A movie with no spoken dialogue, it is set against the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" which includes poetry by World War I soldier Wilfred Owen reflecting the horrors of war. There is no linear story or dialogue. It's imagery reflects Owen's story, that of other soldiers, and a nurse during World War I. It also includes actual footage of contemporary wars, including World War II, Vietnam, and Angola. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sota requiem See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (as spectral recording Dolby Stereo SR in selected theatres)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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Soundtracks

War Requiem, Op. 66
Composed and conducted by Benjamin Britten
Based on poems by Wilfred Owen
Soloists: Galina Vishnevskaya, Peter Pears and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with The Bach Choir, The London Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Highgate School Choir
Music played by The Melos Ensemble of London and The London Symphony Orchestra
Organist: Simon Preston
Original recording courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited, England, Catalogue No. 414 383-2
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Brilliant and Evocative Blend of Music and the Cinematographic Art
19 March 2005 | by dcovecSee all my reviews

Jarman to a T: Brilliant, atmospheric, imagistic, eccentric, and sometimes homo-erotic. An incredible blend of one of the great 20th century musical works on (or rather against) war and the cinematographic art.

I've seen this film twice now. Some of the comments given by other reviewers seem to miss the point of the film- it is dark and sometimes jarring. Jarman uses historic footage, color and colorization as a technique to refocus the viewer's eyes and thoughts. Jarman is not interested in narrative so much as building a series of images that take the poem and music to a new place of understanding.

Perhaps this film is not for everyone- but then I would love to tie every politician to his or her chair and force its viewing.


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