Topic: Jarman's Caravaggio 35mm Screening January 21 @ The Plaza

Derek Jarman's:
Caravaggio (1986)
35mm / Colour / 90 mins
Thursday, January 21 at 7:00pm
The Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Road NW
$12 General Admission / $10 Members/Students/Seniors

The Calgary Cinematheque is pleased to present a screening of Derek Jarman's Caravaggio. The film will be accompanied by the launch of a new book about Jarman, Derek Jarman's Angelic Conversations. The author, Jim Ellis, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards. Derek Jarman (1942-1994) the British artist, AIDS activist, writer, gardener and director, is arguably the most important gay filmmaker in the Anglo-American tradition. Feature films include The Tempest, Edward II, and Blue. He is the creator of a celebrated garden in Dungeness, England, and the author of an acclaimed series of memoirs, including Modern Nature, an account of both his experience with AIDS and the making of his garden.

Caravaggio is one of the most successful films by Jarman, a film that launched the career of a number of actors including Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings) and Robbie Coltraine (Harry Potter). Caravaggio is both an examination of the turbulent, controversial life of the seventeenth-century painter, and an investigation of some of Jarman's most persistent concerns: violence, sexuality, history, and the relationship between painting and film. The film recreates the life of Caravaggio, creating a biography for him by restaging his most famous paintings.

Jarman's approach to Caravaggio's life is deliberately anachronistic: cars, typewriters and calculators show up in renaissance Rome, as a way both of imitating Caravaggio's own approach to history, and insisting on the enduring relevance of Caravaggio's life. As a painter, Jarman was drawn to Caravaggio's approach to light, colour and theme; as a gay man, Jarman identified with Caravaggio's passionate approach to art and life. The result is Jarman's most profound, unsettling and astonishing reflection on art, sexuality and identity.

BROODING, SENSUAL! A bold, quirky Caravaggio in pagan and poetic glory.Newsweek
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