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Caravaggio
     

Caravaggio

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Director: Derek Jarman, Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Garry Cooper

Cast: Derek Jarman, Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Garry Cooper

 
Writer/director Derek Jarman injects his patented iconoclasm in this biography of Renaissance artist Michelangelo Merisa da Caravaggio. Nigel Terry plays the title role, whom (according to Jarman) essentially told his own life story in his paintings. Caravaggio travelled among thieves and prostitutes, many of whom were his models. He once killed a man, kept a

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Writer/director Derek Jarman injects his patented iconoclasm in this biography of Renaissance artist Michelangelo Merisa da Caravaggio. Nigel Terry plays the title role, whom (according to Jarman) essentially told his own life story in his paintings. Caravaggio travelled among thieves and prostitutes, many of whom were his models. He once killed a man, kept a deaf/mute child as a virtual slave, and squandered every penny he ever made. That we should care anything about so miserable and obscure a personality is a tribute to Jarman's filmmaking savvy--and the number of elements from his own well-publicized life that he injects into the film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Derek Jarman's first 35mm film and one of his most mainstream works, this iconoclastic biopic explores the connections among sex, art, and money in the complicated life of 17th century painter Caravaggio. Deliberately injecting modern anachronisms into his portrait of Renaissance Italy, Jarman eschews traditional biography in favor of key moments in Caravaggio's relationships with his patrons and especially his models Ranuccio and Lena. Through Caravaggio's deathbed memories, Jarman reveals the impact of Caravaggio's taboo sexuality on his church-funded paintings, as hustlers and prostitutes portray saints for a system corrupted by financial imperative. Recreating Caravaggio's most famous works with live actors, and shooting in a style true to Caravaggio's chiaroscuro aesthetic, Jarman creates a seductive yet foreboding visual atmosphere surrounding Nigel Terry's brooding artist. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 1986 Berlin Film Festival, Caravaggio was a critical and art house success, ushering in Jarman's second period of feature filmmaking before his death from AIDS in 1994.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
UPC:
0795975110136
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Zeitgeist Films
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
17,103

Special Features

Video interviews with actress, Tilda Swinton, actor Nigel Terry and production designer Christopher Hobbs; Audio commentary by cinematographer Gabriel Beristain; Rare audio and video interviews with Derek Jarman; Storyboard, notebook, production photo and design sketch galleries; British theatrical trailer; Liner notes by film critic/producer Colin MacCabe

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nigel Terry Caravaggio
Sean Bean Rannuccio Thomasoni
Garry Cooper Davide
Spencer Leigh Jerusaleme
Tilda Swinton Lena
Michael Gough Cardinal Del Monte
Nigel Davenport Marchese Giustiniani
Robbie Coltrane Scipione Borghese
Jonathan Hyde Baglione
Dexter Fletcher Young Caravaggio
Noam Almaz Boy Caravaggio
Jack Birkett The Pope
Una Brandon-Jones Weeping Woman
Imogen Claire Lady with the Jewels
Vernon Dobtcheff Art Lover
Terry Downes Bodyguard
John Rogan Vatican Official
Zohra Segal Jerualeme's Grandmother
Simon Turner Fra Fillipo
Sadie Corré Princess Collona

Technical Credits
Derek Jarman Director,Screenwriter
George Akers Editor
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Christopher Hobbs Production Designer
Colin MacCabe Producer
Mary Phillips Score Composer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Radclyffe Producer
Simon Fisher Turner Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Caravaggio
1. Michelle of the Shadows [8:35]
2. The Cardinal's Protégé [10:05]
3. Uncertainty of Form [7:38]
4. Venal and Violent [12:57]
5. Celestial Bodies [10:35]
6. Catacombs [9:22]
7. The Magdalene [6:03]
8. "No Hope, No Fear" [8:15]
9. The Entombment of Christ [7:18]
10. End Credits [6:03]

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