Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday Excerpt: Pandemonium of Image


As a special treat, the first Monday Excerpt of the 2016 year comes from a movie!

But this isn't just any movie, you see. It's from a very interesting little piece by Derek Jarman called Blue, released in the year 1993. This is the summary provided by the IMDB page:

"Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman's experiences with AIDS, both literally and allegorically, together with an exploration of the meanings associated with the colour blue."

Interesting, right? I've only seen chunks and pieces of it, and came to know about it thanks to a Brows Held High episode. But from what I've seen--and from what I've read here--the passages can be so beautiful and poignant on their own. This one's my favorite--mostly because it uses one of my favorite words in the world.

The passages work with the narration and music. But on their own, the word choice and sentence arrangements are just so beautiful to me.

One know the whole world
Without stirring abroad
Without looking out of the window
One can see the way of heaven
The further one goes
The less one knows 
In the pandemonium of image
I present you with the universal Blue
Blue an open door to soul
An infinite possibility
Becoming tangible
- Blue by Derek Jarman

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