Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Derek", film by Tilda Swinton

About the Avant-Garde film maker Derek Jarman. Good, but I couldn't but notice a fundamental hypocrisy about it. Swinton narrates about the uptightness of British society and the notion of the film industry as corporate capitalism, yet when it gets to the section about Jarman's work with the groups Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, and COIL, making music videos for them, they're basically dismissed with a couple minutes of montage. These groups, unlike Punk Rock in Britain, have never been reabsorbed by mainstream culture. They stand outside it in their work as dangerous, controversial, decadents, which I thought would be the thing that Swinton is looking to praise. But, ah, there's the frisson generated by the image or self talk of being a rebel and then there's the price you pay for truly putting rebellious works out there, and it appears that the latter is something that she would rather not deal with.

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