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Angelic Conversation + Words for Battle


Location: Redstone Theater

Angelic Conversation. Dir. Derek Jarman. 1985, 77 mins. DCP source: BFI.  

Preceded by Words for Battle. Dir. Humphrey Jennings. 1941, 8 mins. 35mm print source: BFI. Words for Battle and Angelic Conversation are quiet works of contemplation whose expressionistic visual montages are backgrounded by the reading of poetry. In Words for Battle the reader of works by Milton, Blake, Kipling, and others is a young Laurence Olivier. Meanwhile in Angelic Conversation, Judi Dench reads Shakespeare’s deeply personal sonnets. Jennings’s aim was the stoking of British patriotism while Jarman pursued a personal poetics, but both explore the marriage of poetry and film with a masterfully soft touch.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online.(Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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