(DEREK JARMAN, 1986)
CERT 15 | 93 MINS | UK
“In plain English mate, I’m an art object and very, very expensive!"
Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio (1986) is far from a straight-forward biopic: carnivalesque, experimental, non-linear and queer, it offers a reading of the power of Caravaggio’s images as much as it tells a story about his life and death, loves and crimes. In a register that is interlaced with poetry, Jarman recreates many of Caravaggio’s most famous works and conjures both his palette and his distinctive use of light.
This screening is taking place as part of a series of events at the University of Sussex thinking about Caravaggio's The Incredulity of St Thomas. It will be introduced by senior film lecturer Dr Niall Richardson.