Artemisia (1997)

AGNES MERLET

Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5

France/Germany/Italy, 1997.  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. 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 , .  

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.

Golden Globe Award NominationBest Foreign Language Film

Toronto International Film Festival:  1997

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