Edward II (1992)
Considered a fine example of gay and lesbian cinema, Derek Jarman's take on Christopher Marlowe's late 16th-century play The Troublesome Reign of Edward II offers an intriguing blend of the production's original language and modern colloquialisms and settings that transcend time to tell the story of the British King who openly rejected his wife and took on a male lover. Jarman deliberately blended past and present to make the statement that -- despite modern lip service to political correctness and more tolerant attitudes towards personal differences, society really hasn't evolved since Edward ruled and will not as long as those who are different are persecuted. … More
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Critic Reviews for Edward II
Jarman's adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's [play] still resonates, but more from its depiction of power-at-any-cost than bold representation of homosexual love and culture.
Bares its anger at the ongoing repressive and homophobic nature of the Thatcher British government.
A highly styized screen version of Christopher Marlowe's 14th century drama
Weird, fascinating, and not for everyone
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