Caravaggio (1986)

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Some coarse language, Violence, Adult concepts

Director: Derek Jarman
Actors: Noam Almaz, Dawn Archibald, Sean Bean, Jack Birkett

Told in flashback as Michelangelo Caravaggio (1571-1610) lies dying in poverty, the film brilliantly recreates the look and colour of the artist’s original paintings while exploring the homoerotic subtext of his work – and speculating on a vicious love triangle involving the artist, a model (Sean Bean) and his wife (Tilda Swinton).

Status: Normal
Run time: 89mins
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: Dutch

Member Reviews (3)

Rob M
Well, there's 89 minutes of my life I'll never get back. I was expecting a "biopic" (hate that term but assumed that was what it would be) with details of his life & paintings but instead it was a convoluted mish mash of self indulgent & pretentious rubbish. One moment it is in contemporary times, then there are flashbacks to the era in which Caravaggio lived. Confusing & disappointing.
Posted Sunday, 29 September 2013 See my other reviews
Had high expectation and got pretty much's like the director wanted to recreated Caravaggio's painting's ambience on screen but turned out to be a terrible mess...not for teenagers...:-( Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610)
Posted Thursday, 15 December 2011 See my other reviews
A difficult film to follow. Best to read some of the reviews before watching so you will know what is supposed to be going on as it is confusing from the first frame. Like most modern art this film fails to communicate. The sets are reminiscent of many of Caravaggio's paintings and the chiaroscuro treatment is appreciated. I can't help feeling there is a hidden agenda on the part of the director to which we are not party as the lifestyles depicted are unpleasant - or was this indeed the purpose? I think that a more straightforward storyline would have helped this film.
Posted Wednesday, 10 December 2008 See my other reviews
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