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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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Beautiful to look at, but lacking a third dimension 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)

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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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 "QI: Adam (#1.1)" (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
SCICILIAN WORK SONGSSee more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful to look at, but lacking a third dimension, 23 February 2008
Author: bob54 from United Kingdom

What we know of Caravaggio suggests a strutting brawler with a healthy sense of entitlement who lived amongst whores and thieves and hustlers and put them on canvas. His works' themes were sex, death, redemption, above all, finding the sacred within the profane. He lived at a time where homosexuality carried a death sentence and political intrigue normally involved fatalities in a society defined by the maxim "strangling the boy for the purity of his scream".

You can't fault Derek Jarman for his cinematography, nor his recreations of Caravaggio's paintings and you certainly can't accuse the man of shying away from the homosexuality. But frankly, Jarman never strays beyond 80s caricature. Italian patronage becomes the 80s London art scene complete with pretty waiters and calculators. Sean Bean is a sexy bit of Northern rough oiling his motorbike. Tilda Swinton performs a transformation worthy of a Mills and Boons ("Why, Miss Lena, without that gypsy headscarf, you're beautiful..."). Jarman provides Caravaggio with a particularly trite motive for the murder which left him exiled.

This could have been a visually stunning treatment of a man whose life was dangerous, exciting, violent and decadent but who nonetheless elevated the lives of ordinary people to the status of Renaissance masterpieces, looked on by Emperors and Kings. Instead, what you get is Pierre et Gilles do Italy. The pretty bodies of young boys are shown to perfection, but never the men who inhabit them. Jarman appears to satirise the London art scene, showing it shallow and pretentious. To use Caravaggio and Renaissance Italy to make the point is to use a silk purse to make a pig's ear. In fairness, this film remains visually stunning, but ultimately as two dimensional as the paintings it describes.

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