War Requiem

Overview

The first BBC television film to be given a British theatrical release, Derek Jarman's War Requiem is a cinematic interpretation of composer Benjamin Britten's famed oratorio. Narrated by Lord Laurence Olivier, whose last film this was, War Requiem combines Britten's music with the words of English poet (and World War 1 casualty Wilfred Owen) and Jarman's stark, symbolic images--filmed, appropriately enough, in an old mental hospital. Throughout, the sacrifice of young lives to the horrors of war is likened to ...
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Overview

The first BBC television film to be given a British theatrical release, Derek Jarman's War Requiem is a cinematic interpretation of composer Benjamin Britten's famed oratorio. Narrated by Lord Laurence Olivier, whose last film this was, War Requiem combines Britten's music with the words of English poet (and World War 1 casualty Wilfred Owen) and Jarman's stark, symbolic images--filmed, appropriately enough, in an old mental hospital. Throughout, the sacrifice of young lives to the horrors of war is likened to the Supreme Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. As always, Jarman uses every opportunity to poke holes in Brtain's hidebound traditionalism. Though unrated, the violence quotient in War Requiem is enough to render the film unsuitable for young children.
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Special Features

Trailer; Stills Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Extraordinarily powerful, War Requiem is a passionate eulogy, an antiwar statement that is also clearly intended to have relevance for those whose lives have been forever touched and changed by the scourge of AIDS. While Benjamin Britten purists may argue -- and justifiably so -- that director Derek Jarman's work sometimes obscures or is at odds with the music, those who are open to what Jarman is doing will see that he is making a brilliant transfer from one medium (the oratorio) to another (film). It is true that his choice of images is sometimes jarring or puzzling (and even, on occasion, overtly sentimental); but these lapses are more than compensated for by sequences that impress, that dazzle, or that overpower. This is an intense, spellbinding work, and if it falls short of perfection, it is marked by keen, deeply-felt emotions and stamped with a unique, unmistakably personal vision. Those who are willing to meet it on its terms will likely find it a profoundly moving experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • UPC: 738329062125
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 67,341

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nathaniel Parker Wilfred Owen
Tilda Swinton Nurse
Laurence Olivier Old Soldier
Patricia Hayes Mother
Rohan McCullough Enemy Mother
Nigel Terry Abraham
Owen Teale Unknown Soldier
Sean Bean German Soldier
Milo Bell Soldier
Claire Davenport Charge Sister/Britannia
Lucinda Gane Nurse
Alex Jennings Blinded Soldier
Kim Kindersley Soldier
Spencer Leigh Soldier
David Meyer Businessman
Tale Owen Participant
Beverly Seymour Nurse
Linda Spurrier Nurse
Richard Stirling Soldier
Stuart Turton Soldier
Technical Credits
Derek Jarman Director, Screenwriter
Linda Alderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Boyd Producer
Rick Elgood Editor
Richard Greatrex Cinematographer
John Kelleher Executive Producer
Peter King Makeup
Lucy Morahan Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- War Requiem
1. The Pity of War [4:33]
2. "After the Blast..." [5:53]
3. "Passing Bells..." [3:29]
4. "Bugles Sang..." [8:09]
5. "He Wars on Death..." [9:30]
6. "Move Him Into the Sun..." [7:58]
7. "So Abram Rose..." [9:38]
8. "After the Blast..." [9:54]
9. "Near Golgatha..." [3:35]
10. Reality [7:37]
11. "Whatever Hope Was Yours..." [9:32]
12. "Let Us Sleep Now..." [9:06]
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Disc #1 -- War Requiem
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