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Artemisia (1997)

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter ... See full summary »

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Agnès Merlet

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Patrick Amos, Agnès Merlet (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Orazio Gentileschi
Valentina Cervi ... Artemisia Gentileschi
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ... Agostino Tassi (as Miki Manojlovic)
Luca Zingaretti ... Cosimo Quorli
Emmanuelle Devos ... Costanza
Frédéric Pierrot ... Roberto
Maurice Garrel ... The Judge
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... Tuzia
Yann Trégouët Yann Trégouët ... Fulvio
Jacques Nolot ... The Lawyer
Silvia De Santis Silvia De Santis ... Marisa
Renato Carpentieri ... Nicolo
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Tassi's Sister
Liliane Rovère ... The Rich Merchant's Wife
Alain Ollivier Alain Ollivier ... The Duke
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Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter Orazio Gentileschi. Her professional curiosity about the male anatomy, forbidden for her eyes, led her to the knowledge of sexual pleasure. But she was also well known because in 1612 she had to appear in a courtroom because her teacher, Agostino Tassi, was suspected of raping her. She tried to protect him, but was put in the thumb screws... Written by kipjohn <saskia@virtualbears.com>

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The untold true story of an extraordinary woman. See more »


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Rated R on appeal for strong, graphic sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Artemisia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,725, 8 May 1998

Gross USA:

$377,512
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is a biography of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi, but many major details of her life were changed, leading to widespread criticism. In the movie, the relationship between Artemisia and Agostino is portrayed as a beautiful love affair, and the reason Artemisia is is tortured is because she refuses to testify that he raped her. In reality, Agostino really did rape Artemisia (and other women), and the reason she was tortured was because she did testify in court that he had raped her. See more »

Goofs

The painting displayed at the trial, Judith Decapitating Holofernes, was painted c. 1618, 6 years after the 1612 trial of Tassi. The self-portrait she shows Tassi was painted in the 1630's, long after she met Tassi. See more »

Quotes

Orazio Gentileschi: You're always painting saints by day and sinning by night.
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Alternate Versions

Italian version removed some sexually-explicit shots in order to attain the equivalent of a G-rating. See more »

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Spoofed in Artemesia (2000) See more »

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Stunning work of Art
18 April 2000 | by kdp-2See all my reviews

A romantic drama about the 17th century italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman in western art to be recognised officially by the guilds as a painter and the central figure in a notorious rape trial. By far the most striking element of this film is the smorgasbord of sensual imagery. From the rustic, artistic sets to the rich costumes to the extremely textural shots of skin this one just screams "Touch Me". The camera work is spot on and draws the viewer into the mise en scene completely unawares of what is happening to him or her. Very seductive.

The message of the film is quite simply that art conquers all. Love certainly doesn't and lust is portrayed in an at times farcical manner. In particular the artists orgy scene viewed with delirious humour through the window by our herioine (Artemisia) and the troubling sex scene with her teacher both reinforce the pain, literally, and the bestiality of the sex act.

It's not surprising that her mature work dealt with violent acts of revenge and holy sacrifice in light of what she went through

The shots of skin, sea, sand, canvas and paint dominate this film as the director attempts to create a living canvas on the screen. For the most part this is what is achieved.

The dialogue and plot are almost arbitrary to the dominance of the images, and as such this is an almost edible and tactile piece of work.


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