The BFI Collection
Nicholas Ward Jackson
One of the most visually handsome of British films — The Times
Jarman’s life and death of the great Renaissance artist is a sumptuous visual feast told in a series of magnificent tableaux. As Caravaggio (Nigel Terry) lies dying, his mind drifts back, remembering his brutal, sensual relationship with favoured model, Ranuccio Thomasoni (Sean Bean), and Ranuccio’s mistress, Lena (Tilda Swinton). It is a mischievous, imaginative and ambitious rendering of the artist’s life and firmly established Jarman’s position as a filmmaker of international standing.
WINNER: Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival
UK | English | 1986 | 93 min | HD