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Directed by Derek Jarman, Part II: Apparatus

Part of Commemorating Derek Jarman

“One of the most intimate films I’ve ever seen.” —Cinematographer

When Jarman publicly declared himself HIV-positive in 1987, he acknowledged that many would “expect” a response to AIDS within his work. “I left it as long as possible, because making a film about illness is jolly difficult.” The result is his final work, Blue, a film composed of a single image matched to International Klein Blue—the color he saw when he lost his vision—paired with a soundtrack full of pathos, music, and ruminations on existence. This print has only been screened a handful of times and was acquired directly from the artist. 1993, 35mm, 72 minutes.


Major support to preserve, digitize and present the Ruben/Benston Film and Video Study Collection is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.