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A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.



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Spencer Leigh ...
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Cardinal Del Monte
Noam Almaz ...
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Jack Birkett ...
Una Brandon-Jones ...
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Imogen Claire ...
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Sadie Corre ...
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Fictionalized biopic of famed 17th century Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. As a young man, he gained the support of Cardinal Del Monte and Caravaggio proceeded to develop a new style of painting giving a more realistic view of the world in which he lived. He also begins love affairs with one of his models, Ranuccio as well as with Ranuccio's girlfriend Lena. Their relationship leads to murder and deceit. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Караваджо  »

Box Office


£450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$532 (USA) (26 April 2002)


$3,151 (USA) (26 April 2002)

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Michael Gough was fourth choice for the role of Del Monte. See more »


A typewriter is used, a saxophone is played, a train and steamship hooter are heard. In addition one of the characters plays with a (very advanced for the time of the movie) credit card-sized calculator with beeping buttons. These items are included deliberately as a stylistic decision of the filmmakers, not "goofs" of people unaware of the absence of these items in the 1500s and 1600s. See more »


Young Caravaggio: The price of the painting is my knife.
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Wonderful use of limited resources
12 November 2004 | by (Ultima Thule, NY) – See all my reviews

What we know of the life of Caravaggio is unfortunately incredibly limited. The narrative of this film does not really reflect that limited knowledge. From the disjunctive remains of one of the most important figures of all western art A narrative has been formed. The merits of this narrative are debatable and ultimately unimportant. The overwhelming strength of this film lies in the superb cinematography and the incorporation of Caravaggio's artwork into the film. Light emanates from an off screen point, bathing the shot in chiaruscuro lighting that was so signature of his work. The color of the film could be taken from his palate directly. Best of all was when his paintings were played out by the actors. The result is no less than a visually stunning presentation.

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