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Artemisia (1997)

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter ... See full summary »

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Agostino Tassi (as Miki Manojlovic)
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Cosimo Quorli
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Costanza
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Dominique Reymond ...
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Liliane Rovère ...
The Rich Merchant's Wife
Alain Ollivier ...
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Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter Orazio Gentileschi. Her professional curiosity about the male anatomy, forbidden for her eyes, led her to the knowledge of sexual pleasure. But she was also well known because in 1612 she had to appear in a courtroom because her teacher, Agostino Tassi, was suspected of raping her. She tried to protect him, but was put in the thumb screws... Written by kipjohn <saskia@virtualbears.com>

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Her passion for her art changed the face of history. See more »


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Rated R on appeal for strong, graphic sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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$79,725 (USA) (8 May 1998)

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$377,512 (USA) (5 June 1998)
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The movie is a biography of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi, but many major details of her life were changed, leading to widespread criticism. In the movie, the relationship between Artemisia and Agostino is portrayed as a beautiful love affair, and the reason Artemisia is is tortured is because she refuses to testify that he raped her. In reality, Agostino really did rape Artemisia (and other women), and the reason she was tortured was because she did testify in court that he had raped her. See more »

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The painting displayed at the trial, Judith Decapitating Holofernes, was painted c. 1618, 6 years after the 1612 trial of Tassi. The self-portrait she shows Tassi was painted in the 1630's, long after she met Tassi. See more »

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Orazio Gentileschi: You're always painting saints by day and sinning by night.
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Artemisia Gentileschi's story reduced to soft porn
28 January 2000 | by (bryn mawr,PA) – See all my reviews

As others have noted, this movie is criminally inaccurate in its portrayal of the artist's life and I for one was very annoyed and offended... by its transformation of her rape into a tragic love affair, by the implication that her rapist was responsible for 'awakening her talent,' by its complete disregard for her work, by the way it turned her into a sex object, on and on, you get the idea. Also, I find it disturbing that people who aren't familiar with Gentileschi will see this film and walk away with that kind of impression of her.


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