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Release Date:
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. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Strange, artistic, memorable See more (20 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 Hare .... sparks
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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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:[to Ranuccio] Give me your hand.
[puts a ring on Ranucio's hand]
Caravaggio:For eternity and a day.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jubilee: A Time Less Golden (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
El Niño de AlmadénSee more »

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38 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Strange, artistic, memorable, 7 March 1999
Author: Scoopy from Budapest

This is not a mainstream movie. You may be very distracted by the presence of jokey 20th century anachronisms in this otherwise grave movie about the artistic genius, Caravaggio. 17th century merchants use hand-held calculators, modern instruments play at the parties, local scribes use typewriters, servants dress in modern dinner jackets. I sure don't know what it all means. I guess you can impute many meanings to it.

You may also be irritated by the director in his insistence that everyone is motivated by homoerotic impulses. This facet of the presentation is really more about Derek Jarman than Caravaggio.

Well, I'm not sure that the movie has much to say about Caravaggio at all. After all, Caravaggio shocked his era with his revisionist hagiography - saints with peasant faces, torn clothes and dirty fingernails - probably realistic but iconoclastic in its time, and contrary to a century of previous tradition. Moreover, Caravaggio almost invented the modern system of a consistently represented light source, showing the actual impact of light on his subjects. These key points are barely touched by the script.

But I think you probably should just let those irritations wash over you, and accept the movie for what it is. It uses the style and mood of his paintings to reflect his life, and it incorporates that precise aesthetic into the movie's own visuals. The movie looks like what Caravaggio's own moving pictures might have looked like if he could have created them in 1600.

Is it a good movie? Who knows? It's not so well remembered after a decade or so, but it exhibits a memorable gift for creating and sustaining a mood, and for breathing life into Caravaggio's canvases. It also speculates about the everyday life that must have circulated around the creation of those masterpieces.

I was willing to forgive a lot of artistic pretension and rhetorical dialogue for the superb visuals and atmosphere, and I took vivid memories away from the film. You may feel the same way.

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