War Requiem

Directed by Derek Jarman
Year: 1989
Running Time: 92 minutes
Country: U.K.

"A stunning visual and serious music treat" (Variety), Derek Jarman's (Sebastiane, Jubilee) 1989 WAR REQUIEM reunites British cinema's enfant terrible with his muse Tilda Swinton (2008 Oscar® Winner for Michael Clayton) for a spectacular and moving interpretation of composer Benjamin Britten's groundbreaking 1961 orchestral masterpiece. Just as Britten combined the sacred Latin Requiem Mass with the searing unromantic war poetry of British infantry lieutenant Wilfred Owen, who was tragically killed in the final week of WWI, Jarman interprets Britten's six movements in eye-popping and heartbreaking dialogue-free tableaus illustrating war's infinite futility, sacrifice, and waste.

"A stunning visual and serious music treat."- Variety


Cast
Laurence Olivier
Tilda Swinton
Sean Bean
Nathaniel Parker

Crew
Composed by Benjamin Britten
Directed by Derek Jarman