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Year
1986
Runtime
93 min.
Director
Derek Jarman
Genres
Drama, Biography, History
Rating *
6.7
Votes *
3,504
Checks
1,196
Favs
47
Dislikes
25
Favs/checks
3.9% (1:25)
Favs/dislikes
2:1
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  1. Admiral Softy's avatar

    Admiral Softy

    The many anachronisms don't feel like such an artistically bold choice as they must have in the 80s. In fact they really detract from what is otherwise a very good film. 5 years 10 months ago
  2. acoltismypassport's avatar

    acoltismypassport

    Well, that was a surprise.

    I've read several biographies of Caravaggio, from Vasari to the modern era, in addition to having seen several documentaries and other more recent biopics. This one stands out in all the wrong ways.

    I get it: there are numerous anachronistic elements, the speech was a clever 'ha-ha!' knee slap at the start, and the rusty brogue of the northern parts came through, admittedly, in some very humorous contexts throughout the film. But as mentioned by another poster here below, those things didn't carry nearly as much traction as they may have done around the original release date (anyone care to chip in?), or, above that, for anyone who is even remotely acquainted with the man beforehand.

    A gimmicky, piss-poor attempt at a biopic. All one can glean from it is that Caravaggio is a painter, he had... patrons of sorts, and he was involved in some questionable society at times. Even the somewhat brief run-time cannot pardon that failure.
    1 month 1 week ago
  3. akuma587's avatar

    akuma587

    Its alright, but I think the film tries a bit too hard. 6 years 9 months ago
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