Throughout the month of October, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be presenting the films of gay, British director Derek Jarman. Jarman, who began his career as a designer and artist, became famous as a director of experimental films that spanned punk, queer, activist and pop sensibilities. He was also a great memoirist and poet
. Jarman's profound and multifacted career was cut short by AIDS in 1994.
The series will feature Jarman's best known films, as well as Isaac Julien's recent documentary on Jarman. The schedule is as follows:
10/10/08 FRI 2:30 PM Derek Jarman Derek
(Directed by Issac Julien, 2008), 76 minutes. Written and narrated by Tilda Swinton. A portrait of filmmaker Derek Jarman
10/17/08 FRI 2:30 PM Derek Jarman Caravaggio
, 90 minutes (Directed by Derek Jarman, 1986). With Nigel Terry, Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane, and Michael Gough. The life and art of the great Renaissance painter.
10/24/08 FRI 2:30 PM Derek Jarman The Last of Englad
, 87 minutes, (Directed by Derek Jarman, 1987). With Tilda Swinton and Spencer Leigh. In the form of collage, this film offers a consideration of England in the age of Thatcher.
10/31/08 FRI 2:30 PM Derek Jarman Wittgenstein
, 69 minutes, (Directed by Derek Jarman, 1993). With Karl Johnson, Michael Gough, Tilda Swinton, and John Quentin. Jarman infuses this story of the noted 20th-century Austrian philosopher with a contemporary sensibility.
11/07/08 FRI 2:30 PM Derek Jarman Blue
, 76 minutes, (Directed by Derek Jarman, 1993). An audio composition of voices, music, and sound effects, played out against an unchanging screen of blue.
All of the films will be screened in the Bruno Walter Auditorium of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at 111 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street. For more information call (212) 870-1700, or see the LPA Cinema Series website.