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1,133 Ratings


Directed by Derek Jarman
United Kingdom, 1986
Drama, Biography, LGBTQ+


Derek Jarman’s most profound reflection on art, sexuality and identity retells the life of the celebrated Renaissance painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. The film incorporates the painter’s precise aesthetic into its own visuals.

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Caravaggio Directed by Derek Jarman

Critics reviews

[Jarman’s] visually beautiful, sly and idiosyncratic biographical portrait of the great 17th-century Italian artist is an enduring delight, and particularly interesting relative to contemporary discourse concerning artists behaving badly.
June 08, 2018
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What perhaps most sounds like Jarman, though, is when he discusses how Caravaggio used prostitutes as models for his religious iconography; Jarman’s film is likewise a concerted bastardization of artwork that many revere for its baroque grandeur… CARAVAGGIO is a gorgeous celebration of beauty and filth, and no one does that better than Jarman.
November 18, 2016
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