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Caravaggio

Author: Leo (University of California Bersani Ulysse (University of California Dutoit

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Caravaggio (1986), Derek Jarman’s portrait of the Italian Baroque artist, shows the painter at work with models drawn from Rome’s homeless and prostitutes, and his relationship with two very different lovers: Ranuccio, played by Sean Bean, and Lena, played by Tilda Swinton. It is probably the closest Derek Jarman came to a mainstream film. And yet the film is a uniquely complex and lucid treatment of Jarman’s major concerns: violence, history, homosexuality, and the relation between film and painting. In particular, according to Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit, Caravaggio is unlike Jarman’s other work in avoiding a sentimentalising of gay relationships and in making no neat distinction between the exercise and the suffering of violence. Film-making involves a coercive power which, for Bersani and Dutoit, Jarman may, without admitting it to himself, have found deeply seductive. But in Caravaggio this power is renounced, and the result is Jarman’s most profound, unsettling and astonishing reflection on sexuality and identity. show more

Additional information

Weight 154 g
Author

Leo (University of California Bersani Ulysse (University of California Dutoit

Publisher

British Film Institute

Binding

Paperback / softback

ISBN-10

1839022566

Dimensions

135 x 191 x 9

Language

English

Country of Pub

United Kingdom

Book Condition

New

Notes

60 colour illus

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