Edward II
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Two years before director Derek Jarman died of AIDS, he directed this extremely ambitious variation on Christopher Marlowe's 16th-century play. While Marlowe is the root of this film, Jarman has taken a great deal of leeway with the manner of presentation. The story revolves around King Edward's open homosexuality, which eventually led to his murder and succession. Instead of lush historical settings, the film uses bare walls and dirt floors and puts the cast into smart suits. This "staginess" works to the advantage of Jarman's design, and he takes every opportunity to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"impossible to forget"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"A highly styized screen version of Christopher Marlowe's 14th century drama"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Jarman's adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's [play] still resonates, but more from its depiction of power-at-any-cost than bold representation of homosexual love and culture."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Weird, fascinating, and not for everyone"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Bares its anger at the ongoing repressive and homophobic nature of the Thatcher British government."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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