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Angelic Conversation, The

Synopsis
Of the 154 sonnets written by Shakespeare, most were written to an unnamed young man, commonly referred to as the Fair Youth. Here, Judi Dench’s readings of these 14 sonnets (nos 27, 29, 30, 43, 53, 55, 56, 57, 61, 90, 104, 126, 148) are coupled with ethereal sequences; figures on seashores, by streams and in colourful gardens. The disruption of these magical scenes with images of barren and threatening landscapes echoes the celebration and torment of love explored in the sonnets. Shot on Super-8 before being transferred to 35mm film, the unique technical approach results in a striking aesthetic, with music by Coil’.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2006
Duration
89 mins

Credits

Director
Derek Jarman
Producer
James Mackay
Writer
William Shakespeare
Contributor
Judi Dench; Paul Reynolds; Philip Williamson

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Subjects
English language and literature
Keywords
homosexuality; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); sonnets; Gay and lesbian interpretations

Notes

Notes
DVD extras include: Specially commissioned interviews with producer James Mackay and production designer Christopher Hobbs; Derek Jarman in conversation with Simon Field (1989, 32 mins); stills gallery; 20-page illustrated booklet including introductory essay by Colin MacCabe, Tilda Swinton’s testimonial letter to Derek Jarman and photographs taken during the making of the film.

Sponsor

Name

BFI Production Board

Name

Channel Four Television

Phone
071-396 4444
Address
LONDON
SW1P 2TX

Distributor

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Retail outlets

Distributor (Sale)

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
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