Low-Life Caravaggio

Timothy Benson assesses Hitler's irritated reaction to being lampooned by David Low of the Evening Standard.

The details of contemporary letters and police records are mixed into detective work for art historians in Derek Jarman's intriguing new film Caravaggio, based on the life and work of the seventeenth-century Italian painter.

The film is Jarman's most ambitious attempt yet to use the historical backcloth of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe as raw material for his creative ideas and story telling. It was made last autumn on a budget of less than half a million pounds in just six weeks in a Docklands warehouse in London, but Jarman has been working on the project for seven years.

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