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War Requiem 12 rating

Derek Jarman's affecting vision of the horrors young men faced during the First World War.

War 1989 93 mins

Director: Derek Jarman



An extraordinary visual evocation of Benjamin Britten's choral and orchestral masterpiece, composed to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First World War, morphed by Jarman into a haunting and shocking vision.

Jarman draws together powerful, poetic images, and coaxes strong performances from Laurence Olivier (in his last ever role). Tilda Swinton and other familiar faces, which Jarman intersperses with harrowing archival footage illustrating the true horrors of war.