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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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A typically imaginative and highly idiosyncratic examination of the artist from director Derek Jarman See more (21 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)
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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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Michael Gough was fourth choice for the role of Del Monte.See 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:
Caravaggio:[after being stabbed by Ranuccio Caravaggio touches the wound and blood] Blood brothers!
[Ranucchio kisses him]
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A typically imaginative and highly idiosyncratic examination of the artist from director Derek Jarman, 20 March 2008
Author: Graham Greene from United Kingdom

Quite simply unlike any other biographical film you will ever see, Derek Jarman's acclaimed production of Caravaggio (1986) is a lovingly constructed, highly personal cross-reference of tormented sixteenth century genius, twentieth century iconography and a somewhat satire on the shallowness of the burgeoning eighties' art scene of which Jarman was very much part of. Exploring Caravaggio's life through his work, the film distinctively merges fact, fiction, legend and imagination in a bold and confident approach that will probably leave serious art enthusiasts and casual viewers outraged by the complete disregard for accurate, historical storytelling.

Shot with a typically avant-garde approach, director/writer Jarman doesn't so much fashion a biography of the artist, but rather, creates a personal reflection of the man using intimate characteristics that appeal to his film-making sensibilities. This makes Caravaggio more of an interpretation of the filmmaker than the artist himself; somewhat self-indulgently focusing on Caravaggio's struggle with bisexuality, perfectionism and wanton obsession; perhaps even glossing over the more intricate workings of the character, for instance, his own passion for art and his battles with the various religious and creative constraints of the period.

It's a shame some of these ideas aren't further elaborated upon, because, at its heart, Caravaggio is really an exceptional film. As I commented earlier, it's perhaps unlike any other film you will ever see; an iconoclastic vision with a cinematic imagination that knows no bounds. Caravaggio is a film in which a 16th century setting gives way to the various anachronisms of passing trains, tuxedos, motorbikes, typewriters and chic nightclub settings. It is a film in which every frame is rendered in reference to the artist's work, composed with rich, shadowy colours that bring to mind the contrast between fresh and rotting fruit, and an unrivalled interplay between sound and production design that is reminiscent in its intense savagery of two dogs angrily ripping each other to pieces.

There is no other 'based on fact film' that has demonstrated such a wild and evocative recreation of real-life hysteria and events, with the possible exception of Peter Jackson's masterful Heavenly Creatures (1994) or even some of Jarman's subsequent projects like Edward II (1991) and Wittgenstein (1994). With a cast of now very well known faces, such as Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Tilda Swinton, Michael Gough, Dexter Fletcher and Robbie Coltrane - not to mention some of the most beautiful photography ever committed to film - Caravaggio represents an impressive and enjoyable combination of art and cinema that is now, twenty years on, ripe for rediscovery.

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