Film Micrœview #13: Caravaggio (1986)

10.16.2013 § Leave a comment

CaravaggioRecalls JPG-costumed pieces of Julie Taymor and Peter Greenaway in its surrealistic anachronisms, but here they mean something splendid: since Caravaggio occasionally clothed Biblical figures in his paintings in his period’s modern dress, so has Jarman for Caravaggio’s world. Furthermore, since Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro painting style has been replicated for the film, much of Caravaggio’s work within the film is seen to be doubly-so, nearly black and white, perhaps almost Baconian. It was great to see Sean Bean and Tilda Swinton so young, as well.

 

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