Caravaggio (18)

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Time Out says

As Caravaggio (excellently played by Terry) lies dying at Porto Ercole in 1610, his mind drifts back over a short life of extraordinary passion: his relationship with his model, Ranuccio Thomasoni, who posed perhaps as the muscular assassin in so many 'martyrdom' pictures, and the other apex in the triangle, Lena, who is Ranuccio's mistress and Caravaggio's model for the Magdalene and the dead Virgin. Jarman proposes a murderous intensity as the mainspring for both Caravaggio's love life and for his furious painting, and it certainly carries great weight of conviction. For all the melodrama of the story, however, he has elected a style of grave serenity, composed of looks and glances, long silences in shaded rooms, sudden eruptions of blood. It all works miraculously well, even the conscious use of anachronisms and the street sounds of contemporary Italy. CPea.
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Rated:

18

UK release:

1986

Duration:

93 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Nigel Terry, Michael Gough, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Davenport

Production Designer:

Christopher Hobbs

Editor:

George Akers

Screenwriter:

Derek Jarman

Cinematography:

Gabriel Beristain

Producer:

Sarah Radclyffe

Music:

Simon Fisher Turner

Director:

Derek Jarman

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