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Jubilee [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1978]

SKU:7502516
Release Date:05/27/2003
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Steeped in the nihilistic philosophy and rebellious fashions of the British punk movement, this early feature by experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman presents an unusual look at late 1970s London. The bulk of Jubilee focuses on a loosely connected group of female outcasts, united by a hatred of convention that at times extends into dark violence. Providing contrast is the film's framing story, in which Queen Elizabeth I travels forward in time to view the future of England and finds unexpected sympathy with the female rebels. The film references both William Shakespeare and Siouxsie and the Banshees, and it alternates scenes of transgressive violence with heady discussions of English history. Although the film's graphic nature and undeniable pretension will prove unappealing to many viewers, its casting alone makes it an intriguing artifact of its time, showcasing subcultural icons from musician Adam Ant to several cast members of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Viewers with little tolerance for avant-garde affectations will certainly be uninterested, but the film will be rewarding to those with an interest in the development of Jarman's work or in punk culture.
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    Overview

    Special Features


    • New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Peter Middleton and enhanced for widescreen televisions
    • Jubilee: A Time Less Golden, an original documentary on Derek Jarman and Jubilee made by Jarman actor Spencer Lee, featuring interviews with stars Jenny Runacre and Toyah Wilcox, film historian Tony Rayns, production designer Christopher Hobbs, and filmmakers John Maybury and Lee Drysdale, with rare Super-8 clips and memorabilia from the film
    • Ephemera from Jarman's personal collection, including his scrapbook from the film illustrated with rare photos, notes, and continuity stills
    • Original trailer
    • New essay by Jarman biographer Tony Peake
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
    • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Jubilee
    Steeped in the nihilistic philosophy and rebellious fashions of the British punk movement, this early feature by experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman presents an unusual look at late 1970s London. The bulk of Jubilee focuses on a loosely connected group of female outcasts, united by a hatred of convention that at times extends into dark violence. Providing contrast is the film's framing story, in which Queen Elizabeth I travels forward in time to view the future of England and finds unexpected sympathy with the female rebels. The film references both William Shakespeare and Siouxsie and the Banshees, and it alternates scenes of transgressive violence with heady discussions of English history. The film's casting alone makes it an intriguing artifact of its time, showcasing subcultural icons from musician Adam Ant to several cast members of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Jenny Runacre
      Jenny Runacre - Elizabeth I
    • Nell Campbell
      Nell Campbell - Crabs
    • Image coming soon
      Linda Spurrier - Viv
    • Ian Charleson
      Ian Charleson - Angel
    • Toyah Willcox
      Toyah Willcox - Mad



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