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Derek Jarman
Cinémathèque

Caravaggio / Derek Jarman

British director Derek Jarman spent seven years working on this film about the life of the great painter Caravaggio (1571-1610), who had a short, tempestuous life, full of intense passions and devastating love stories. The film is a ground-breaking biography, building its narrative upon a de profundis confession of the dying Caravaggio – who was stabbed to death during a fight – which draws the portrait of an artist as a literally accursed figure, who will pay the price for his nonconformist behavior and his sexual identity. At the same time, the Renaissance Era is not depicted in its mythically bright colors, but is revealed as a dark period of social decline and moral decay.


Director:Derek Jarman
Script:Derek Jarman
Cinematography:Gabriel Beristain
Editing:Georg Akers
Music:Simon Fisher-Turner
Art Direction:Mike Buchanan
Costumes:Sandy Powell
With:Noam Almaz (Caravaggio as a child), Dexter Fletcher (teenage Caravaggio), Nigel Terry (adult Caravaggio), Dawn Archibald (Pipo), Sean Bean (Ranuccio), Jack Birkett (the Pope), Tilda Swinton (Lena)
Production Design:Christopher Hobbs
Producer:Sarah Radclyffe
Production:British Film Institute, UK T. +44 20 7255 1444 enquiries@britishfilmcommission.org.uk www.bfi.org.uk
Production Country:UK
Format:16mm Color
Duration:93'
Production Year:1986
Silver Bear & C.I.D.A.L.C. Award – Berlin IFF 1986
Special Prize of the Jury – Istanbul IFF 1987
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 19:30 | ID:225
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