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Derek

If you're already familiar with the experimental and queer cinema of English artist Derek Jarman (1942-'94), you won't want to miss this multifaceted tribute by Isaac Julien. Built around a late interview with Jarman, it draws on a personal lecture by actress and friend Tilda Swinton and many clips, homes movies, and other materials. On the other hand, if you'd like an introduction to his art, your time would be better spent seeing The Last of England, Edward II, or Wittgenstein. This tribute has too many cooks and too many agendas to permit easy comprehension, especially when it comes to distinguishing the brief, unidentified clips from the empathetic curlicues, voice-overs, and commentary of others. 76 min.

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