(out of 5)

What begins as a fascinating examination of a society that won’t allow the superior talent of seventeenth-century Artemisia Gentileschi to work or study because of her gender descends into a boring courtroom drama centering around her affair with her much older mentor.  gives a passionate performance, but otherwise there’s little to recommend it beyond historical interest (which is far greater than this film allows you to believe). A more thorough look at the life of this fantastic painter and her powerful work, her influences and methods would be very welcome, but this particular film is too uneven.

3 Emme Cinematografica, Première Heure, France 3 Cinéma, Schlemmer Film, Dania Film, Mediaset, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, Presidenzia del Consiglio del Ministri-Dipartimento dello Spettacolo, Black Forest Films

France/Germany/Italy, 1997

Directed by

Story by Agnes Merlet, , Screenplay by Agnes Merlet, Christine Miller,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1997

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (France)


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