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Another Jarman classic,
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Beyond Caravagio's art there is very little evidence to support an in depth biographical study. What there is (principally a few police records) may or may not suggest a violent man prone to fits of jealous rage and violent behaviour. Jarman, however, provides a beautifully realised poetical interpretation, charged with a latent sexuality, that conveys a complex blend of urban poverty and aristocratic patronage. Jarman succeeds in placing a 'modern day' Caravaggio amongst his baroque compositions, recognising the artists's immense talent for the human form, light and shadow and use of colour. The acting is awesome and the sets show how a highly imaginative crew can pull together the essence of a period with grace and historical insight. Amazing.
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Initial post: 26 Nov 2011 19:41:43 GMT
Keith Andreetti says:
There are three near contemporary biographical accounts of Caravaggio's life, those by Mancini, Baglione and Bellori. Whilst these are not particularly long or detailed I think they count as more than 'a few police records'!
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