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Date & Time
Saturday, November 11 at 7:00 pm
Free and open to the public. More Info
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

(Derek Jarman, 1986, 93 min, United Kingdom, 35mm)


Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival

Derek Jarman struggled for seven years to bring his portrait of the great Renaissance painter Michelangelo Caravaggio to the screen, producing a critically acclaimed masterwork and powerful meditation on sexuality, criminality and art. Told in flashback as the artist (Nigel Terry) lies dying in poverty, the film brilliantly recreates the look and color of Caravaggio’s original paintings while exploring the homoerotic subtext of his work. Speculating on the artist’s relationship with his model Ranuccio (Sean Bean), the film explores a vicious love triangle involving the model’s wife, played brilliantly by Tilda Swinton in her first feature role. With luscious production design, the dazzling Caravaggio is arguably the most accessible of Jarman’s films.


“Gazing at Jarman’s film stills creates a vertiginous sense of collapsing time that pulls us every which way; of all Caravaggio’s followers, Jarman, it would seem, was the one who understood him best. Gold. Black. Red. Darkness. Light. It is a cinematic distillation of the artist’s visual world.” – Maria H. Loh, Frieze 

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