Caravaggio - The Soul and the Blood

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  90 min.
Release Date: May 2, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.33
based on 6 votes and 2 reviews
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Cast: Manuel Agnelli, Marigliano Emanuele


A journey through life, works and struggles of Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio. His existence, no less than his art, is characterized by lights and shadows, contrasts and contradictions, genius and sobriety. Revolutionary artist, he was often not so beloved by contemporaries.

He travelled Italy in search of luck or perhaps in search of himself, escaping the enemies that he always found at his passage. Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Malta, Sicily. His death seems a twist of faith: he died in Porto Ercole, one step away from Rome, one step away from salvation.

Director: Jesus Garces Lambert
Studio: Nexo Digital
Producer(s): Aline Bardella, Francesco Invernizzi, Cosetta Lagani
Screenplay: Laura Allievi

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  • 2 stars "The documentary offered no new insights and furnished almost no context to illustrate the world in which Caravaggio moved. It’s just a retelling of one of the dominant narratives of western art: tortured genius paints religious subjects using prostitutes and patrons as models. But with a whole bunch of navel-gazing monologues set over boring art-y video montages of modern character in modern settings, attempting to illustrate the documentary’s main thesis... “Caravaggio’s chiaruscuro is a reflection of his own lightness/darkness”. Yawn. Lots of beautiful photography of actual paintings and one or two brief, but interesting, references to his process gives it two stars."