Artemisia

Artemisia

Director: Agnès Merlet

Cast: Agnès Merlet, Michel Serrault, Valentina Cervi, Miki Manojlovic

     
 

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This historical drama is based on the true story of Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman to achieve success as a painter. In 17th century Italy, noted artist Orazio Gentileschi (Michel Serrault) is a portrait artist enjoying a certain degree of success and acclaim. His 17-year-old daughter Artemisia (Valentina Cervi) would like to follow the same path as her father,…  See more details below

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This historical drama is based on the true story of Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman to achieve success as a painter. In 17th century Italy, noted artist Orazio Gentileschi (Michel Serrault) is a portrait artist enjoying a certain degree of success and acclaim. His 17-year-old daughter Artemisia (Valentina Cervi) would like to follow the same path as her father, but women are not allowed to pursue careers in the arts, and the convent where she attends school forbids students to sketch nude models. Eager to learn, Artemisia begins posing for herself by use of a mirror; her father discovers her secret but is enthusiastic about her work, and he takes her out of school so he can tutor her in painting and drawing. Orazio forbids her to draw male nudes, but curious Artemisia persuades local men to serve as her models, and her work steadily improves. In time, Artemisia and her work come to the attention of Agostino Tassi (Miki Manojovic), a friend of her father who is a well-known painter and something of a rake. Tassi is impressed by both the art and the artist, but when he and Artemisia begin a love affair, he finds himself on trial for rape.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The historical romance Artemisia is a lushly photographed costume docudrama about the controversial 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. By choosing to focus on her teenage years, loss of virginity, and romantic entanglements with her instructor, the story bypasses her personal artistic struggles for the melodramatic mixing of art and passion -- a choice that has continually been used to devalue women artists in general. The first half of the film is at its best, with the young Artemisia (a headstrong and determined Valentina Cervi) in numerous voyeuristic opportunities, like spying on lovers on the beach and peeking into a brothel. These scenes effectively show the creative impulses of a budding Renaissance painter making attempts at learning her craft, as well as that of a sexually curious young woman. However, the second half becomes bogged down in the relationship between Artemisia and Tassi (Miki Manojlovic), evading the story of her own creative drive. Spoken in French about an entirely Italian subject, director Agnés Merlet provides more than a few historical inaccuracies to the benefit of the melodrama. Though it makes for a compelling story, the film's trial diverts from the real-life transcribed rape trial, and coats the topic with a mutually loving teacher-student relationship before any suggestion of rape is made. For such a historically important figure, Artemisia misses the opportunity to make a unique portrait of an artist and pioneer in the face of repression, becoming instead a wonderful bodice-ripping romance.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2001
UPC:
0786936166682
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; English subtitles; Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Serrault Orazio Gentileschi
Valentina Cervi Artemisia Gentileschi
Miki Manojlovic Agostino Tassi
Luca Zingaretti Cosimo Quorli
Brigitte Catillon Tuzia
Frédéric Pierrot Roberto
Maurice Garrel The Judge
Emmanuelle Devos Costanza
Yann Tregouet Actor
Jacques Nolot Actor
Silvia De Santis Actor
Renato Carpentieri Actor

Technical Credits
Agnès Merlet Director,Screenwriter
Conchita Airoldi Executive Producer
Patricia Allard Executive Producer
Patrick Amos Screenwriter
Dominique Borg Costumes/Costume Designer
Benoit Delhomme Cinematographer
Dino Di Dionisio Executive Producer
Antonello Geleng Production Designer
Patrice Haddad Producer
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound/Sound Designer
Guy Lecorne Editor
Bruno Levy Casting
Krishna Levy Score Composer
Alfred Lot Asst. Director
Christoph Meyer-Wiel Co-producer
Christine Miller Screenwriter
Leo Pescarolo Co-producer
Lilian Saly Executive Producer
Francois Waledisch Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Wuhrmann Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits: "Much to Learn" [5:54]
2. A Lustful Impression [4:28]
3. The Forbidden Half of Art [6:42]
4. "She Paints Like a Man" [4:57]
5. Mastering Perspective [4:34]
6. Encounters With Tassi [6:48]
7. "Professor or Confessor?" [3:57]
8. "Start Over" [4:53]
9. Unmasking Beauty [7:17]
10. Taking Over the Mind [8:20]
11. Festering Gossip and Rumors [6:24]
12. "Everything for Yourself!" [4:14]
13. Reputations Ruined [6:44]
14. "You're Part of Me Now" [4:50]
15. "What Did I Do?" [5:16]
16. "No One Dies of Sorrow" [7:51]
17. End Credits [2:16]

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