Friday, June 8, 2018

‘Caravaggio’ and other pleasures and provocations for Pride Month

By Glenn Kenny
Sean Bean, left, and Nigel Terry as the artist Caravaggio in Derek Jarman’s 1986 film, “Caravaggio.”Credit Zeitgeist Films
June is Pride Month — commemorating the gay rights movement that had its roots in the Stonewall uprising of June 1969 The streaming platforms FilmStruck and Fandor are offering special Pride Month programming. Fandor’s film highlight for June 17 is the British filmmaker Derek Jarman’s “Caravaggio,” from 1986. His visually beautiful, sly and idiosyncratic biographical portrait of the great 17th-century Italian artist is an enduring delight, and particularly interesting relative to contemporary discourse concerning artists behaving badly. Caravaggio is played as an adult by Nigel Terry, and as a teenager by Dexter Fletcher. Mr. Terry’s Caravaggio brawls, broods, has affairs with models and assistants of both sexes (most memorably those played by Tilda Swinton and Sean Bean), and even when working on profitable commissions, conducts himself as an outcast or an outlaw. [More]
Movie poster of "Caravaggio" directed by Derek Jarman in 1986.