Blue (1993)

The screen of this movie remains plain and unchanging during its 72 minutes. Over the blue surface of the screen, the voices of four actors, close friends of the director, the speech of the director himself, the sound effects and the music narrate Derek Jarman's experience with the AIDS virus, alternating the description of the progress of the virus with deep considerations on poetry, art and life.

The idea of this extraordinary attempt was suggested to Jarman by his loss of sight during the last stages of the illness; he was inspired by the French painter Yves Klein, who eagerly experimented with monochromes. The blue surface represents serenity and contemplation. "Blue" is the last, touching work by Derek Jarman, who succumbed to AIDS some months later. His artistic testament, anyway, is a hymn to life and art: Jarman, mortally ill, does not give up the irony and experiments a radical shift of the limits of sight.

The blue screen is accompanied by Simon Fisher Turner's poetic music and seductive words, sublimely formulated by the actors Nigel Terry, John Quentin and Tilda Swinton, all of them faithful, long-time collaborators of Jarman's.