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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 »

Director:

Agnès Merlet

Writers:

Patrick Amos, Agnès Merlet (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Orazio Gentileschi
Valentina Cervi ... Artemisia Gentileschi
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Agostino Tassi (as Miki Manojlovic)
Luca Zingaretti ... Cosimo Quorli
Emmanuelle Devos ... Costanza
Frédéric Pierrot ... Roberto
Maurice Garrel ... The Judge
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... Tuzia
Yann Trégouët Yann Trégouët ... Fulvio
Jacques Nolot ... The Lawyer
Silvia De Santis Silvia De Santis ... Marisa
Renato Carpentieri ... Nicolo
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Tassi's Sister
Liliane Rovère ... The Rich Merchant's Wife
Alain Ollivier Alain Ollivier ... The Duke
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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Artemisia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

DEM 31,319 (Germany), 1 June 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,725, 8 May 1998

Gross USA:

$377,512, 7 June 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, when Artemisia breaks down her outdoor studio, her hands have healed, so the bandages are gone. But then, when she goes to Tassi's house and in all scenes thereafter, the bandages are still there and bleeding. See more »

Quotes

Orazio Gentileschi: You're always painting saints by day and sinning by night.
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Alternate Versions

Italian version removed some sexually-explicit shots in order to attain the equivalent of a G-rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Hole (2003) See more »

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"Artemisia" a bit misleading
25 March 2006 | by alexischadwickSee all my reviews

The tag line to this movie reads: "the true untold story of..." I stopped listening because already that statement is outrageous.

This movie stays true to the life of Artemisia Gentileschi in that both the actress and the artist are women. Apart from that, the movie exists only in the wonderful world of fiction. To say that this is a bio-pic is a bit of an exaggeration... no, A LOT of an exaggeration. Do a little research on the life of this important 17th Century artist before seeing the movie, or after seeing the movie for that matter. Either one. But as a viewer, please don't defame or romanticise the life of this artist.


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