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Caravaggio

Released: 1986

Character Played: Young Caravaggio (supporting role)

Synopsis: Derek Jarman's Caravaggio is a biography of painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the enfant terrible of the Italian Renaissance. Told in flashback as the dying artist recalls his short life, the story follows Caravaggio (Nigel Terry) through his childhood, his initial artistic failures, his later successes as he attracts the attention of a sympathetic cardinal, and his destructive relationship with a handsome gambler. Perhaps Jarman's most comprehensive work, Caravaggio stylistically renders the life story of the painter, displaying the contradictions between his religious beliefs and his sexual identity. Beautifully shot in striking painterly tableaus that recall the sensibilities of Caravaggio himself, the film is soaked in rich red and blue tones while bathing the actors in darkness and illuminating them with single beams of candlelight, creating a haunting chiaroscuro-like effect. As Jarman reveals, Caravaggio's passion for his art--as well as his models--leads to his ultimate downfall in this sumptuous and challenging biography of the legendary painter.
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Reviews: Channel 4 | TV Guide | Chicago Reader |

Links: IMDb Entry | ZeitgeistFilms: Caravaggio | Caravaggio @ The Complete Sean Bean website

Available Formats: NTSC Video | PAL Video

Other Info: Caravaggio Pictures

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Caravaggio Cover