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Edward II

Rating:R (for strong violence and sexuality, and for some language.)
Release Date:March 20, 1992
Running time:90 minutes
Cast:Steven Waddington, Kevin Collins, Andrew Tiernan, John Lynch, Dudley Sutton
Director:Derek Jarman
Writer:Ken Butler, Christopher Marlowe

Description: 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 anachronize. (For example, Annie Lennox shows up to provide a lovely rendition of Cole Porter's Every Time We Say Goodbye.) A striking film, and a high point of Jarman's career.~ John Voorhees, All Movie Guide

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