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Smiling in Slow Motion By Derek Jarman

Smiling in Slow Motion
by Derek Jarman

the first mark on the page eludes me...'Derek Jarman's Smiling in Slow Motion concludes the journey started in Modern Nature, these previously unpublished journals stretch from May 1991 until a fortnight before his death in February 1994. Part diary, part observation, part memoir, Jarman writes with his familiar honesty, wry humour and acuity.
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Smiling in Slow Motion: Journals, 1991-1994 by Derek Jarman

'For days now I have tried to start this diary, but the clatter of my existence has warned me off; the first mark on the page eludes me...' Derek Jarman's Smiling in Slow Motion concludes the journey started in Modern Nature, these previously unpublished journals stretch from May 1991 until a fortnight before his death in February 1994. Part diary, part observation, part memoir, Jarman writes with his familiar honesty, wry humour and acuity. Friends, collaborators and enemies are catalogued as he races through his last year painting, film-making, gardening, and annoying his targets through his involvement in radical politics. Writing from his Charing Cross Road flat, on his visits to international film festivals, his world famous garden at Dungeness in Kent, and finally from his bed in St Bartholomew's Hospital, Jarman illuminates an era which seems more ephemeral and out-of-grasp with each passing day. Smiling in Slow Motion is not a document of illness, regret and resignation, but one of endeavour, remembrance and love.

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Smiling in Slow Motion Reviews


"Present on every page is the creative sparkle and compellingly generous spirit of a man who was in every way an uncompromising individual" * The Times *
"In these diaries... the artist and film director emerges as a down-to-earth visionary... this perceptive and enjoyable work is something of a miracle" * Independent *
"For all his anger, Jarman never seems brutalised. He retains his humanity and his good humour. His is a wonderfully garrulous, mercurial, polymathic daemon" * Literary Review *
"Jarman [is] the sort of troublemaking visionary who one day may be compared with Blake" -- John Gill * Time Out *

About Derek Jarman


Derek Jarman- painter, theatre designer and filmmaker- held his first one man show at the Lisson Gallery in 1969. He designed sets and costumes for the theatre (Jazz Calendar with Frederick Ashton and Don Giovanni at the Coliseum). He was production designer for Ken Russell's films The Devils and Savage Messiah, during which time he worked on his own films in Super 8 before making his features: Sebastiane (1975), Jubilee (1977) and The Tempest (1979). From 1980 he returned to painting (a show at the ICA) and design (The Rake's Progress with Ken Russell in Florence), and made the films Caravaggio (1986), The Last of England (1987), War Requiem (1988), The Garden (1990), Edward II (1991), Wittgenstein (1992) and Blue (1993). His books include: Dancing Ledge (1984), The Last of England (1987; now republished by Vintage under the title the author intended for it, Kicking the Pricks), Modern Nature (1991), At Your Own Risk (1992) and Chroma (1994). Derek Jarman died in February 1994.

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GOR001220455
Smiling in Slow Motion: Journals, 1991-1994 by Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2001-02-01
400
0099284189
9780099284185
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