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Caravaggio (1986)

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Caravaggio
... Ranuccio
... Davide
... Young Caravaggio
Spencer Leigh ... Jerusaleme
... Lena
... Giustiniani
... Scipione Borghese
... Cardinal Del Monte
Noam Almaz ... Boy Caravaggio
Dawn Archibald ... Pipo
Jack Birkett ... The Pope
Una Brandon-Jones ... Weeping Woman
Imogen Claire ... Lady with the Jewels
Sadie Corre ... Princess Collona
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Storyline

Fictionalized biopic of famed 17th century Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. As a young man, he gained the support of Cardinal Del Monte and Caravaggio proceeded to develop a new style of painting giving a more realistic view of the world in which he lived. He also begins love affairs with one of his models, Ranuccio as well as with Ranuccio's girlfriend Lena. Their relationship leads to murder and deceit. Written by garykmcd

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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Караваджо  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$532, 26 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,151, 28 April 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It marks as the first time Sandy Powell provided the costume design for a feature film. Powell was a huge fan of Derek Jarman's work and one day she decided to call him asking to work with him. After this experience, they worked together in four other films: The Last of England (1987), Jarman's segment in Aria (1987), Edward II (1991) and Wittgenstein (1993). See more »

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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Crazy Credits

The end credits scroll down the screen (top-to-bottom). See more »

Connections

Featured in Derek Jarman: Life as Art (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

SCICILIAN WORK SONGS
By kind permission of Lyrichord Discs, Inc. (New York)
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Wonderful use of limited resources
12 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

What we know of the life of Caravaggio is unfortunately incredibly limited. The narrative of this film does not really reflect that limited knowledge. From the disjunctive remains of one of the most important figures of all western art A narrative has been formed. The merits of this narrative are debatable and ultimately unimportant. The overwhelming strength of this film lies in the superb cinematography and the incorporation of Caravaggio's artwork into the film. Light emanates from an off screen point, bathing the shot in chiaruscuro lighting that was so signature of his work. The color of the film could be taken from his palate directly. Best of all was when his paintings were played out by the actors. The result is no less than a visually stunning presentation.


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