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Caravaggio 1986 18

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman struggled for seven years to bring his portrait of the 17th century Italian artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio to the screen. The result was well worth the wait.

It’s a freely dramatised portrait which conjures several of the controversial artist’s most famous paintings through elaborate and beautifully photographed tableaux vivants, and boasts wonderful performances from Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, and, in her first role, Tilda Swinton.

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Directed by

Derek Jarman

Featuring

Robbie Coltrane

Tilda Swinton

Dexter Fletcher

Sean Bean

Nigel Terry

Genres

Historical drama Biographical

Tags

Caravaggio (c1565-c1609) Baroque Italian painting

Collection

Derek Jarman Gay Cinema - Out of the Archive Features

Certificate

18

Released

1986

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Jarman, Derek

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