DVD Edward II [DVD] [1992] [English] [Region 1] (DVD 17292),
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Edward II [DVD] [1992] [English] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In EDWARD II, director Derek Jarman revisits Christopher Marlowe's play of bloodletting and royal intrigue, bringing the homosexual theme to the forefront. Steven Waddington stars as Prince Edward II, who upsets England's noblemen by sharing his throne with his commoner lover, Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan). Tilda Swinton costars as Edward's scorned wife, Queen Isabella, whose seething jealousy and hatred lead her into the arms of Mortimer (Nigel Terry), a power-hungry nobleman who seeks to topple Edward's reign. Jarman focuses on the passionate romance between Edward and Gaveston in this tragic tale of desire and persecution. Jarman's sparsely designed film combines period and modern costumes to evoke a timeless quality--Isabella is dressed like a 20th-century upper-crust socialite, while Edward and Gaveston wear simple period attire. A series of mazelike stone corridors and open rooms theatrically convey the castle where the royals fight for the throne. Jarman cuts between the Edwardian castle and more modern images of gay-rights marches, creating a subversive commentary on the ever-present struggle for acceptance and equality. The film also features vocalist Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye."
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ID1257LIDVD

  • Credits
    Steven Waddington, Tilda Swinton, Andrew Tiernan, Nigel Terry, Kevin Collins, Jerome Flynn, John Lynch, Dudley Sutton, Annie Lennox
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A piercing cry from the heart....Swinton is a sexy, roaring wonder..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Invested with a powerful contemporary resonance....Handsomely designed..."
    New York Times

    "...[Terry and Swinton] swish through the action chewing every precious syllable..."
    Film Comment

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