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Release Date:
29 August 1986 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
Brave, gorgeous, self-indulgent, and completely relevant 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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Trivia:
Michael Gough was fourth choice for the role of Del Monte.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jubilee: A Time Less Golden (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
El Niño de AlmadénSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Brave, gorgeous, self-indulgent, and completely relevant, 3 September 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

Caravaggio (1986)

It's easy to be frustrated by movie that seems by its title to be one thing but is so clearly something else. This is no bio-pic of the great artist. It doesn't even create (to me) a more abstract sense of what it might have meant to be such an artist, or to be creative and tormented and a scrappy, sometimes ill man.

Instead it's a movie that uses some themes, and some paintings, of Caravaggio and builds a completely invented (to my knowledge) story line. For one thing, it's set in some fairly recent time--the 1920s or 30s, perhaps? And it's highly highly British, which is no flaw, but it feels part of a 1980s London underground in the expressions and vocabulary. If you can open up to all that, you've made a first step. If you can't, forget it. Run to another version (like the terrific new Italian one from 2007).

The second step is key, too, however, for many of you. This is an overtly homo-erotic, or at least homosexually charged fantasy. It has no overt sex (though there is lots of kissing all around) and it does includes some female actors (including a fabulous Tilda Swinton), but there are lots of "pretty boy" scenes and a sensibility that is just frankly different than the usual film world mainstream.

That's a great thing. That doesn't however make the movie completely work. It's worth watching if you are prepared for its tone, and it's brilliant in some sense, utterly original, a kind of high production value, high culture flip side to the films of Andy Warhol (if that makes any sense at all). There are excesses in violence, bloody, death, love, corporal pleasure and corporal torture--but these are exactly what the 1980s were all about. Think of Robert Mapplethorpe.

It's not my own world at all, but I found it a kind of thrill to see made so rich and colorful, so unexpected every turn. And so photographically beautiful. It is at times disturbing and moving, but mostly it is pretty and fascinating. It lacks a more usual structure, but you get used to that and learn to like it.

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