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EDWARD II on Blu-ray!

"Mesmerizing"
-- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Vivid and meaningful"
-- Dave Kehr, The Chicago Tribune

"Stylish and unconventional"
-- Jamie Bernard, New York Post

THIS JUNE, FILM MOVEMENT CLASSICS DELIVERS A STUNNING, NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION OF DEREK JARMAN'S ADAPTATION OF THE CLASSIC ELIZABETHAN DRAMA STARRING TILDA SWINTON

EDWARD II

On Blu-ray June 12, 2018

In 1593, Christopher Marlowe penned "Edward II," based on the life of Britain's only openly gay monarch. In 1991, legendary artist and director, Derek Jarman (Wittgenstein, Caravaggio) radically adapted the Elizabethan drama in a highly stylized feature starring Jarman muse and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton and Steven Waddington. And, on June 12, Film Movement Classics delivers this iconoclastic New Queer Cinema landmark in a stunning digitally restored version, available on Blu-ray for the very first time in North America.

Jarman's postmodern adaptation delivers filmgoers to the court of Plantagenet King Edward II (Waddington), a weak gay monarch with a tenuous grasp on the throne. The stage is set for palace revolt when the King rejects his wife, Queen Isabella (Swinton), and takes a male lover, the ambitious commoner Piers Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan) upon whom he bestows gifts and power. The spurned Queen and the sober court officials become enraged and the plotting begins in this festival favorite, a Golden Lion nominee at Venice, called "intelligent and striking[1]," and a "phantasmagoric, outrageously stylized interpretation[2]". With anachronistic imagery, gay activists battling riot police and a rare film appearance by Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter's 1944 classic "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," the story of Edward and the persecution he suffered is given contemporary resonance in one of Jarman's most powerful and personal films.

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