PRINT April 2009


Derek Jarman

DEREK JARMAN was once lionized as Britain’s homegrown Cocteau. Features such as Caravaggio (1986) and Edward II (1991) marked him as heir to the baroque art-house theatrics of Michael Powell and Ken Russell, while his unabashed homoeroticism and strident politics were an inspiration to the New Queer Cinema, of which he was a leading light. Jarman’s influence has dimmed since his AIDS-related death in 1994, but recent activity suggests a reassessment. Last year, Zeitgeist Films released a remastered box set containing Caravaggio, Wittgenstein (1993), Blue (1993), and The Angelic Conversation (1985), while British artist Isaac Julien premiered his biographical documentary Derek (2008) and organized an exhibition of paintings and films by his former mentor at London’s Serpentine Gallery that included Jarman’s rarely screened Super 8 films from the 1970s and ’80s. In New York, Elizabeth Dee

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