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FILMMAKER’S LAST WORK, `BLUE,’ SHOWING TONIGHT

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The late Derek Jarman's final film,"Blue," an unusual work even by Jarman's eccentric standards - 76 minutes of blue screen with narration and dialogue played out like a big-screen radio program - will be presented by the Utah Film & Video Center Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m.

Based largely on his own hospital diaries, Jarman, who was finally felled last year by the HIV virus that had ravaged him since 1986, bares his soul with stream-of-consciousness narration and dialogue exchanges that explore his feelings, along with a carefully chosen musical soundtrack.What is most surprising about the film is that it is perhaps Jarman's most subdued work, without the anger and force that distinguish such movies as "The Last of England," "War Requiem" and "Sebastiane," for example. Of course, 76 minutes of monochrome viewing will be taxing for all but the most ardent art film fans, or those who particularly admire Jarman's work. But "Blue" has been hailed internationally as an important and compelling work.

"Blue" will be shown in the Salt Lake Art Center auditorium, 20 S. West Temple. Admission: $5. For further information, call 534-1158.