Imagining October (1984) by Derek Jarman

Friday, December 12, 1986, 8:00 pm

Derek Jarman’s Super 8 Films

Imagining October (1984) by Derek Jarman


800 Chestnut Street

San Francisco, CA, 94133

Derek Jarman was introduced to super-8 filmmaking in 1970. Since that time he has continued to use super-8 for both home movies and as a working tool for longer projects. Many of his early films were of friends and chance events, as in Gerald’s Film when Jarman and his friend Gerald Incandela stumbled upon a decaying Victorian bathhouse. More recent films, such as Imagining October, were shot in super-8 and then blown up to larger gauges. Imagining October, partly shot in the Soviet Union, constructs a savage and moving critique of contemporary politics with references to Eisenstein, homo-eroticism, Blake and militarism. Although shot in super-8, tonight’s program is presented in 16mm blow-ups.