The Angelic conversation

United Kingdom, 1985

Film
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As fourteen of Shakespeare’s sonnets are being read we watch a young man isolated in a landscape of fierce physical terror. It is his confrontation with another man - at first antagonistic, then hesitant, and finally sexual - which liberates the man and his environment: rocks turn to water, physical struggle turns to creativity. This beautifully shot experimental film is a love poem dedicated to the artist’s muse; this time the love celebrated is between men and the artist’s liberation is defiantly homoerotic. The sonnets are read by Judi Dench. The atmospheric music score is by the avant-garde British group Coil.

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Credits

director

Derek Jarman

producer

James MacKay

production company

British Film Institute

Duration

01:20:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1985

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303644

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Wikidata

Q2712110

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