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[DVD Review] Caravaggio

If movies are to be believed, most of the great artists were highly erratic people with an overdose of ego, who were intolerant toward anyone unable to instantly see how great their work was. Add Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio to the list. According to director Angelo Longoni’s made-for-tv Caravaggio, the great Italian painter from the late 16th/early 17th century was a proud fool, who couldn’t comprehend the word compromise. This trait allowed him to create some truly magnificent art but it also led to a difficult and rather short life.

Caravaggio was originally aired as a six-hour mini-series which ran on an Italian television network but was later edited down to half that length for a theatrical release, which was first shown at Lincoln Center in 2007 as part of the New Italian Cinema Series. The latter version is the one you’ll see on this DVD. Despite

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