The Angelic Conversation

Jarman's setting for twelve Shakespeare sonnets has no narrative as such, and the only dialogue is Judi Dench's reading of the poems. Yet even though it dispenses with such conventions, it remains a hypnotically beautiful film. Its textured, stop-frame tableaux of caves, rocks, water, and figures in strange and terrible landscapes throw up myriad painterly similarities: the lesser religious nightmares of a Bosch or Brueghel, Victorian landscape of the 'Gordale Scar school'. Very romantic.

Release details

Duration: 81 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Derek Jarman, William Shakespeare
Cast: Judi Dench
Paul Reynolds
Phillip Williamson
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