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Caravaggio (1986) is probably the closest Derek Jarman came to a mainstream film. Nevertheless, the film reflects Jarman's major concerns: violence; history; homosexuality, and the relation between film and painting. Unlike Jarman's other work it avoids sentimentalizing gay relationships.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 27th 1999 by British Film Institute
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Mar 30, 2011 Grady rated it it was amazing
Caravaggio as a Study of the Artistry of Derek Jarman

Thsi book may be small in size but as is typical of BFI Modern Classics it is a solid scholarly account of a fascinating person in art history. Authors Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit title their inquiry into the mind and artistic films of Jarman CARAVAGGIO because it is their premise that Jarman came closest to presenting his full philosophy of art and sexuality in this film created in 1986 (Jarman was born in 1942 and died of AIDS in 1994). In
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A very good analysis of the political aesthetics of Derek Jarman's work as a whole as well as its ultimate expression in what the authors consider the director's best film. I've read many different interpretations of Jarman's work and this is one of the more lucid in its approach to Jarman's political aesthetics. Particularly useful is their discussion of homosexual desire in Jarman's films and how the approach to politics is different in Caravaggio and Edward II.
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