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Edward II (1991)

In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by ... See full summary »

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In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by taking as lover besides his diplomatic wife, the French princess Isabel, not an acceptable lady at court but the ambitious Piers Gaveston, who uses his favor in bed even to wield political influence - the stage is set for a palace revolt which sends the gay pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon. Written by KGF Vissers

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A classic tale of sex, revenge, and love.

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for some language | See all certifications »

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£750,000 (estimated)

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$694,438
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The film very much abridges the end of Marlowe's play: Prince Edward is shown dancing on top of a cage with Isabella and Mortimer inside it. In real life, after his father's death Edward III had his mother and her lover arrested, executing Mortimer (in Marlowe's play this happens instantly, whereas historically the king waited four years). See more »

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[first lines]
Edward II: My father is deceased. Come Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
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Referenced in Jubilee: A Time Less Golden (2003) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Composed by James Pierpont
Performed and arranged by Simon Fisher-Turner
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Thoroughly brilliant
20 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Edward II makes a brilliant hodge-podge of history by vaulting a sixteenth century play about a fourteenth century English king onto a dark, abstract twentieth century stage. Iconoclastic, yes; anachronistic, yes; imbecilic, no. While on the page Marlowe's poetry speaks for itself, in director Derek Jarman's hands it provides a counterpoint to the film's daring, elegant, eloquent visuals. King Edward and his lover, Piers Gaveston, are attacked by the raving heteronormative toffs for their homosexuality and Gaveston's less-than-aristocratic background. Great moments include a cameo by Annie Lennox and a bull's-eye by Tilda Swinton.


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