Artemisia (1997)



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Less-than-poetic license is taken in this fact-based tale of the pioneering 17th-Century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Colorful, marginally erotic, but something of a bore when all the paint is dry.
R (For strong, graphic sexuality and nudity)
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Michel Serrault
as Orazio Gentileschi
Valentina Cervi
as Artemisia Gentileschi
Miki Manojlovic
as Agostino Tassi
Sami Bouajila
as Tassi's Assistant
Emmanuelle Devos
as Costanza
Dominique Reymond
as Tassi's Sister
Luca Zingaretti
as Cosimo Quorli
Maurice Garrel
as The Judge
Jacques Nolot
as The Lawyer
Enrico Salimbeni
as Academy Student
Rinaldo Rocco
as Academy Student
Patrick Lancelot
as The Acadamy Director
Lorenzo Lavia
as Orazio's Assistant
Alain Ollivier
as The Duke
Guido Roncalli
as The Duke's Servant
Pierre Bechir
as The Rich Merchant's Son
Catherine Zago
as The Mother Superior
Yahn Tregouet
as Fulvio
Edoardo Ruiz
as Tassi's Assistant
Aaron De Luca
as Tassi's Assistant
Massimo Pittarello
as The Torturer
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Critic Reviews for Artemisia

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

It's been richly photographed and designed, but soon degenerates into a typical flesh-and-sin charade.

Full Review… | December 5, 2006
Film Journal International

The film does a pretty good job of both recreating the world of 17th century art and of avoiding too much historical anachronism.

Full Review… | June 19, 2003
Goatdog's Movies

an always perceptive look into the life of an artist only previously known to the most academic of us. Merlet brings the sixteen-hundreds alive with all its wantonness.

March 3, 2003
Critics Inc./America Online

A heroine who finds sanctuary in her imagination, the one truth that can be trusted.

Full Review… | March 2, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

For what it is, essentially a steamy and well-made period-piece, 'Artemisia' plays fairly effectively.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

I just wish the film had more of an edge.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Artemisia

Lovely movie, beautiful to watch. Every scene could have been made into a painting. May not be accurate in the depiction of this persons life, but that's often what happens when you translate a story, or historical facts, into film. Tragic romance period piece that features some fine acting, and cinematography. The musical score perfectly reflected the mood of the film. Nicely done...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


This very exposing and erotic film explores rape trial of Artemisia and Tassi. The emotionally packed scenes entice the viewer to become directly involved with Artemisia's lack of authority in her own life and how she overcomes it. An inspiration to women everywhere, Artemisia broke down barriers in the art world that were never even attempted before. I highly recommend this film.

Andrea  Woelkers
Andrea Woelkers

A wonderful movie. I came across this on a list of Movies shown at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival. This is one of those films that turns out great, not knowing a thing about it going into it. Its about the life of a very young female artist in the 17th century, Being a female and a artist was unheard of in the 17th century, she seems to favor painting male nudity, she falls in love with a older male artist and loses her virginity to him, another thing unheard of in the 17th century (Things haven't changed much) The man is taken to court and put in prison for his affair with her. This is not one of those movies you will find on the shelves of Wal-Mart nor one your going to hear much about other then here. But its worth every minute of your time. Add it to your collection. At the very lease rent it.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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