in about 100 words or less
UK 93m, Colour
Director: Derek Jarman; Cast: Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Tilda Swinton, Robbie Coltrane
Caravaggio is a fictional biopic of the influential 17th century Italian painter who is known for his naturalistic depictions of the human condition and his dramatic use of light. On his deathbed, Caravaggio’s story is told as a series of flashbacks which do well to elucidate his personality, but are less effective at telling his story. A successful artist during his lifetime, his personal life was full of controversy including his exile for murder that he was purported to have committed. The film’s beautifully warm look and use of colour and light is fashioned after a Caravaggio painting, as are it’s often grotesque themes which are emotionally charged, sexually driven, violent and vulgar (Klaus Ming March 2015).