The Garden

United Kingdom, 1990

Film
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The Garden is rich with metaphor. The Garden of Eden and the Garden of Gethsemane. In the garden is visible the whole sensual cycle of life and death. We watch the Passion enacted by two male lovers, filmed in the garden Jarman himself created and retreated within to prepare for his own battle with mortality. In “The Garden” the spirit and the flesh, sin and redemption, are united. Like Pasolini, Jarman eschews classic narrative for the pleasures of a cinema of poetry and seeks a spirituality based on eros rather than repression. A difficult, maddening, wondrous film. With the glorious Tilda Swinton.

Credits

production company

Channel 4

Screen Arts

Basilisk Productions

producer

James MacKay

Duration

01:30:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1990

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

325187

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Death - Religious aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Jesus Christ - Passion

Erotica

Experimental

Experimental → Experimental films - Great Britain

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Death - Religious aspects

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Gay and lesbian studies

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Homosexuality in motion pictures

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Death - Religious aspects

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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