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Jordan’s Dance by Derek Jarman, 1977

These frames come from another one of Jarman’s super eight movies.  In its original form it lasts about five minutes and is silent.  I first saw it in 1979 as a small section of Jarman’s second feature, Jubilee, where it is edited down to a three and a half minute flash back, accompanied by a bit of classical ballet music (perhaps Tchaikovsky,) for the historian character, Amyl Nitrite, to her dancing days.  For me, at the time, it was much the best part of that rather jarring movie; and it came as no great surprise to discover later that it was originally conceived and created as a discrete entity.

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