Sunday, April 15, 2012

Jubilee, 1977: Borgia Ginz reborn as Simon Cowell, and other comings

I do hope Derek Jarman's Jubilee figures peripherally large in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Released in 1977 in response to the Silver Jubilee, it body-snatched Punk in its depiction of sleep-walking UK, and today still looks more thematically contemporary than anything else listed on Imdb.com, if you're seeking a celluloid facsimile of street and cultural realities.

Is not Borgia Ginz (played sublimely by Jack Birkett), who sneers that people forgot to lead their lives as they 'watched my endless movie', our very own Simon Cowell-Rupert Murdoch cross-breed media magnate pop mogul?

'I sucked, and I sucked and I sucked....'

In the movie, Queen Elizabeth I time-travels 400 years into the latter part of the 20th Century on the 'wings' of Ariel, summoned up by astrologer John Dee. But enough explication. I don't want to ruin it. It is by far the best British movie ever. And that's it.

A taste of things to come....



Borgia's gospel according to Simon Cowell....

7 comments:

Penis Gazer said...

Was Duncan in Jubilee then?

Shoe said...

Marvellous, and a lovely young Toyah Wilcox, who is still as good a performer now as she was in 1978. I did particularly like the scene where the original Jordan as Amyl Nitrate performs a twisted version of "Rule Britannia" for Borgia and his posse. Fab stuff.

Madame Arcati said...

Envy is a sad stain on your soul, Penis Gazer.

Anonymous said...

Not seen Jubilee but it looks intriguing.

Penis Gazer said...

I don't envy him anything - or you

Madame Arcati said...

The bother of a denial from an anonymouse, makes me smile.

Ciaran Rehill said...

Not enough on Ezekiel if you ask me.