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29 August 1986 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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An Artistic Portrait of an Artist by another Artist See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Noam Almaz ... Boy Caravaggio
Dawn Archibald ... Pipo

Sean Bean ... Ranuccio
Jack Birkett ... The Pope
Sadie Corre ... Princess Collona
Una Brandon-Jones ... Weeping Woman
Imogen Claire ... Lady with the Jewels

Robbie Coltrane ... Scipione Borghese
Garry Cooper ... Davide
Lol Coxhill ... Old Priest

Nigel Davenport ... Giustiniani

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Art Lover
Terry Downes ... Bodyguard

Dexter Fletcher ... Young Caravaggio

Michael Gough ... Cardinal Del Monte

Jonathan Hyde ... Baglione
Spencer Leigh ... Jerusaleme
Emile Nicolaou ... Young Jerusaleme
Gene October ... Model Peeling Fruit
Cindy Oswin ... Lady Elizabeth
John Rogan ... Vatican Official
Zohra Segal ... Jerualeme's Grandmother (as Zohra Sehgal)

Tilda Swinton ... Lena
Lucien Taylor ... Boy with Guitar

Nigel Terry ... Caravaggio
Simon Fisher-Turner ... Fra Fillipo (as Simon Turner)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Hull ... Roman in toga (uncredited)
Chelita Secunda ... (uncredited)
Cerith Wyn Evans ... Altar boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Derek Jarman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Suso Cecchi D'Amico  uncredited
Nicholas Ward Jackson  story (as Nicholas Ward-Jackson)
Derek Jarman 

Produced by
Nicholas Ward Jackson .... executive producer (as Nicholas Ward-Jackson)
Colin MacCabe .... executive producer
James Mackay .... development producer
Sarah Radclyffe .... producer
 
Original Music by
Simon Fisher-Turner 
 
Cinematography by
Gabriel Beristain 
 
Film Editing by
George Akers 
 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
 
Production Design by
Christopher Hobbs 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Buchanan  (as Mike Buchanan)
 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
 
Makeup Department
Morag Ross .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jill Pack .... executive in charge of production
Sarah Wilson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Aldersley .... third assistant director
Simon Moseley .... second assistant director
Glynn Purcell .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Christopher Hobbs .... painter
Josh Jones .... stagehand
Annie La Paz .... scenic artist
Lucy Morahan .... scenic artist
Tim Youngman .... property master
 
Sound Department
Peter Maxwell .... dubbing mixer
Peter Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Billy McCarthy .... sound recordist
George Richards .... boom swinger
Budge Tremlett .... dubbing editor (as 'Budge' Tremlett)
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Noel Balbirnie .... focus puller
Phil Bough .... second assistant camera
Tony Hair .... sparks (as Tony Hare)
Tony Haughey .... grip
Mike Laye .... still photographer
John Mathieson .... clapper loader
Larry S. Prinz .... gaffer
Steve Tickner .... camera operator: second unit
 
Casting Department
Simon Fisher-Turner .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annie Symons .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Alastair Bates .... assistant editor
Nicola Black .... assistant editor
Anuree De Silva .... assistant editor
Matthew Whiteman .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Chi-Chi Nwanoku .... musician: double bass
Mary Philips .... music assistant
Richard Preston .... music engineer
 
Other crew
Stephen Masters .... titles designer
Heather Storr .... continuity
 
Thanks
Suso Cecchi D'Amico .... thanks
 

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93 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Terry Downes was among those the casting ideas for Del MonteSee more »
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Quotes:
Young Caravaggio:The price of the painting is my knife.See more »
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Soundtrack:
SCICILIAN WORK SONGSSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An Artistic Portrait of an Artist by another Artist, 2 January 2011
Author: Rodrigo Amaro (rodrigo882008@hotmail.com) from São Paulo, Brazil

Everything is divided in two concepts: rule and transgression. That it's not a bad thing but for most people it's difficult to accept them, to comprehend them and to make both things interesting. Most of the time we tend to only follow the rules and forget about transgression or even condemn it.

Caravaggio was a transgressionist in terms of art with his painting evoking religious themes using as models simple people, peasants, prostitutes, fishers, creating powerful masterpieces; and a transgressionist with his dangerous lifestyle, sleeping with men and women, getting involved in fights, in one of these fights he killed a man, reason why he ran away to other countries, and then dying at the age of 38. Then we have a filmmaker, an true artist named Derek Jarman who knows how to portray art on film, breaking conventions, trying to do something new and succeeding at it.

To name one of his most interesting films his last "Blue" was a blue screen with voice overs by actors and his own voice telling about his life, his struggle while dying of AIDS, and he manages to be poetic, real about his emotions, and throughout almost 2 hours of one simple blue screen he never makes us bored. Who could be a better director for a project about the life of Caravaggio than a transgressionist like Jarman himself?

The movie "Caravaggio" is wonderful because it combines many forms of art into one film, capturing the nuances of Caravaggio's colors and paintings translated into the film art. It has poetry, paintings, music of the period of the story, sometimes jazz music. All that in the middle of the story of one of the greatest artists of all time.

This is not a usual biopic telling about the artist's life and death in a chronological order, trying to do everything make sense. This is a very transgressional work very similar to "Marie Antoniette" by Sofia Coppola, so it might shock and disappoint those who seek for a conventional story truthful to its period. And just like Coppola's film "Caravaggio" takes an bold artistic license to create its moments. Jarman introduces to the narrative set in the 16th and 17th century, objects like a radio, a motorcycle, a calculator machine among others; sometimes this artistic license works (e.g. the scene where Jonathan Hyde playing a art critic types his review on his typewriter, a notion that we must have about how critics worked that time making a comparison with today's critics, but it would be strange see him writing with a feather, even though it would be a real portrayal).

The movie begins with Caravaggio (played by Nigel Terry) in his deathbed, delusioning and remembering facts of his passionate and impetuous life; his involvement with Lena (Tilda Swinton) and Ranuccio (Sean Bean); memories of childhood (played by Dexter Fletcher); and of course the way he worked with his paintings, admired by everybody in his time.

All of this might seem misguided, some things appear to don't have a meaning but they have. I was expecting a movie more difficult to follow but instead I saw a truly artistic film, not pretentious whatsoever, that knows how to bring Caravaggio's works into life, with an incredible and fascinating mise-èn-scene, in a bright red that jumps on the screen with beauty. Very impressive.

It's an unique and interesting experience. For those who enjoy more conventional and structured biopics try to watch this film without being too much judgemental, you'll learn great things about the Baroque period because it is a great lesson about the period. For those who like new film experimentations or want to watch a Jarman's film here's the invitation. 10/10

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