War Requiem, courtesy of Screenbound

War Requiem + The True Story of Lili Marlene

Part of Poets of Pandaemonium: The Cinema of Derek Jarman and Humphrey Jennings
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater

War Requiem. Dir. Derek Jarman. 1989, 92 mins. 35mm print source: BFI. Preceded by The True Story of Lili Marlene. Dir. Humphrey Jennings. 1944, 21 mins. 35mm print source: BFI. Two haunting musical works, both based on poetry of the Great War, form the respective backbones of Jennings's Lili Marlene and Jarman's War Requiem. Jennings's episodic docudrama tells the story of both the WWII-era song “Lili Marleen” and its singer Lale Andersen as the War ravages on, making for a tantalizing blend of contemporary history, some of Jennings's most powerful battle footage, and a heartstring-pulling tale of the perseverance of the human spirit through music. Jarman's War Requiem is at its core a poetic music video for Benjamin Britten's titular mass, and the most persistent visual thread is the story of the poet Wilfred Owen (played by Nathaniel Parker) and his tribulations during World War I. Music, battle, and, as always, British identity are at the forefront for both filmmakers. (War Requiem also features Laurence Olivier, who 48 years earlier had narrated for Jennings, in his final screen role.)

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The True Story of Lili Marlene, courtesy of BFI