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|Also Known As:||Died:||February 19, 1994|
|Born:||January 31, 1942||Cause of Death:||complications arising from AIDS|
|Birth Place:||Middlesex, England, GB||Profession:||Director ... director filmmaker screenwriter director of photography author costume designer set decorator set designer painter|
Leading avant-garde British filmmaker whose visually opulent and stylistically adventurous body of work stands in defiant opposition to the established literary and theatrical traditions of his sometimes staid national cinema. With influences ranging from the eccentric writing-directing team Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger to seminal gay aesthetes Jean Cocteau and Kenneth Anger, Jarman advocated a personal cinema more dedicated to striking imagery and evocative sounds than to the imperatives of narrative and characterization. His comments on one of his strongest films are revealing: "'The Last of England' works with image and sound, a language which is nearer to poetry than prose. It tells its story quite happily in silent images, in contrast to a word bound cinema."
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