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Pandaemonium

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Pandaemonium

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
126 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/29/01
performer:
John Hannah, Linus Roache, Dexter Fletcher, Samantha Morton, Emily Woof
director:
Julien Temple
Producers:
Arts Council of England, BBC Films, Mariner Films, Moonstone Entertainment
distributor:
USA Films
author:
Frank Cottrell Boyce
genre:
Drama, Historical

We gave it a B+

Poetic genius leads to opium addiction and dirty competition in director Julien Temple’s electrified trip through the minds of the revolutionary English Romantics Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Roache) and William Wordsworth (Hannah). Temple, who brilliantly profiled the Sex Pistols in 2000’s The Filth and the Fury, embellishes history, implying Wordsworth felt so intimidated by his wild-minded friend that he sabotaged the publication of Coleridge’s ”Kubla Khan.” But with luxurious production design and inventive camera work, Temple’s ode to the era, its rock-starlike poets, and the processes behind Coleridge’s masterworks (like ”Rime of the Ancient Mariner”) remains loyal to the art. B+

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