War Requiem

War Requiem

DVD - 2008
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The horrors of war and the pacifist sentiments expressed in Benjamin Britten's War requiem and the poems of Wilfred Owen are evoked in scenes and vignettes illustrating death and suffering in World War I.
Publisher: New York : Kino International, 2008, p1988
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 WAR NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 26, 2016

This is a 1989 film adaptation of Benjamin Britten's musical piece of the same name.
It was shot in 1988 by the British film director Derek Jarman with the 1963 recording as the soundtrack, produced by Don Boyd and financed by the BBC.
Benjamin Britten chose to set the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead interwoven with nine poems about war by the English poet Wilfred Owen, who served as the commander of a rifle company when he was killed in action in November 1918 during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal in France, just one week before the Armistice.
Although he was virtually unknown at the time of his death, he has subsequently come to be revered as one of the great war poets.
I can sense anti-war sentiment, but the dialogue-free film doesn't interest me at all.

Feb 06, 2015

Wilfred Owen was a British lieutenant in WWI who wrote a series of poems based on his experiences. Angry and despairing, yet darkly beautiful, his words were later made into a somber oratorio by Benjamin Britten. Derek Jarman gives the works of Owen and Britten new life in this silent homage to the many casualties of war including love, youth, innocence and joy. With all the solemnity of a high mass he uses a disjointed narrative and highly stylized images to tell the story of a doomed romance between a young soldier and an army nurse (the ever radiant Tilda Swinton). This is an angry confrontational work, so typical of its director, but there is a terrible fragility to it as well when even the delicate smoke from an extinguished candle carries overtones of immense tragedy.

Apr 18, 2013

Derek Jarman holds most of his eccentricities in check in this vivid film of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, which was in turn based on the poems of Wilfred Owen. Featuring Nathaniel Parker as Owen, Sean Bean as a German soldier, and Jarman's palid muse, Tilda Swinton. Not for people unfamiliar with the idea that war is upsetting. No closed captions are available, so keep a transcript handy. Not really a SPOILER: Sean Bean dies violently.

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