Caravaggio Image
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  • Summary: Derek Jarman's 1986 film reveals the seventeenth-century painter's complex life?his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and flirtations with the underworld?while also delving into Jarman's major concerns: violence, history, homosexuality, and the relationship between film and painting. (Two Boots Pioneer Theater) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Much of the joy of the film is to be found in the way Jarman and his team recreate the look and color of the original paintings.
  2. It's often beautiful to watch, although it's more interested in visual style than philosophical depth.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    70
    Marrying a painterly aesthetic with a defiantly homosexual sensibility, this ironic biopic is probably the most accessible film of avant-garde British director Derek Jarman.
  4. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    50
    In a sense, Caravaggio has less to do with its ostensible subject than with Jarman's own insistence on sensual, and largely homoerotic, expression, though there's a feeling of stifling enclosure to the images Jarman invents, of eros turned inward, toward private fantasy and longing, rather than outward to a world of real possibility.
  5. Reviewed by: Paul Attanasio
    10
    Less a movie than an act of vandalism.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 17, 2012
    8
    To celebrate my first encounter with Jermanâ

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