Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FEATURE: Punk Reverance: Jubilee

When Bright Lights Film Journal calls Derek Jarman's Jubilee "Britain's only decent punk film", it kind of comes off as faint praise, since, truth be told, there really aren't that many UK films from the era capable of giving it much competition, which is kind of surprising, given punk's vivid visual style and rhetoric about the mass media. Still, if pointing out that it's better than The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle doesn't ultimately mean much, the film succeeds based on nothing more than its own merit, forging a caustic, dizzying fantasia out of punk's past, present and future.

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