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Caravaggio (1986)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


Derek Jarman | United Kingdom | 1986 | M


Wed 6 Nov 2024

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Jarman’s avant-garde biography of the 17th century Baroque painter was his most widely seen film to this time, winning the Silver Bear for outstanding single achievement at the 36th Berlin International Film Festival. With its postmodern combination of vibrant, painterly aesthetics – the film recreates many of Caravaggio’s paintings – and anachronistic details, it makes explicit the painter’s reputed queerness. It features costumes designed by Sandy Powell, was co-written, unaccredited, by Suso Cecchi d’Amico, and stars Nigel Terry (in the title role), Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gough and frequent Jarman collaborator Tilda Swinton in her film debut.

Presented in partnership with the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

Format: DCP
Language: English, Italian with English subtitles
Source: British Film Institute
Courtesy: British Film Institute
Runtime: 93 mins

Event duration

93 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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