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Derek Jarman (Critical Lives)by Michael Charlesworth
Synopses & Reviews
Derek Jarman (1942andndash;94) is known as one of Europeandrsquo;s greatest independent film-makers; his films call into question and reconsider the nature of filmmaking itself. But, as Michael Charlesworth shows in this new biography, Jarman was also a painter, writer, gardener, set designer, and an influential campaigner for gay rights and other social causes.
Charlesworth discusses the entire diverse range of Jarmanandrsquo;s works in order to provide a thorough portrait from childhood to his untimely death. Charlesworth is the first scholar to properly integrate Jarmanandrsquo;s paintings and writings with his films, demonstrating the strong connections between his varied areas of artistic practice. He also draws invaluable insights from Jarmonandrsquo;s extraordinary series of journals that offer a look into the nature of the society in which he lived, as well as his own creative process. And through the thoughts and memories of Jarmanandrsquo;s friends, Charlesworth reveals how Jarman was an important voice on behalf of manyandmdash;one who espoused love and friendship, while fearlessly campaigning for the virtues and the value of art in an often hostile and unappreciative political and social atmosphere.
Fresh in its conclusions and engaging in style, Derek Jarman is an accessible and thought-provoking analysis of Jarmanandrsquo;s phenomenal creativity and a perfect complement to Jarmanandrsquo;s works.
About the Author
Michael Charlesworth is associate professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin. His other books include The Gothic Revival and Landscape and Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain and France.
Table of Contents
1. The View from Dungeness
2. Schoolboy and Student
3. Designing for Others, Painting, Super-8
4. The Feature Films of the 1970s
5. Painting, Writing, Pop Promos
6. 8 Millimetre versus 35 Millimetre
7. 1986 and After
8. Filming Plays, Painting Words, Being Ill
9. In the End, the Poet
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