Friday, February 19, 2016

Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)

Director: John Maybury

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton

In the 1960s, British painter Francis Bacon surprises a burglar and invites him to share his bed. The burglar, a working class man named George Dyer, 30 years Bacon's junior, accepts. Bacon finds Dyer's amorality and innocence attractive, introducing him to his Soho pals. In their sex life, Dyer dominates, Bacon is the masochist. Dyer's bouts with depression, his drinking and pill popping, and his satanic nightmares strain the relationship, as does his pain with Bacon's casual infidelities. Bacon paints, talks with wit, and, as Dyer spins out of control, begins to find him tiresome.

This movie showed some of the amazing work by Bacon. It was just a look at this period of his life that was so bad. He was not an emotionally stable man or a man with any human respect. He turned a burglar into a lover for a long time. He kept the man around for his own amusement. He cared nothing for him just to get what he could out of him, and he watched George fall into the drunken gutter.  Bacon was a very selfish man with his time and life.

This movie was barely interesting. It was so slow too much of the time. It was shot very well, but that could not help this movie. The movie is hard to watch, and it is not from graphic scenes or imagery. It was just too dull. The plus side of it is if you were wondering what Daniel Craig looks like naked, it is in this movie. He is full frontal in a bath tub naked. Watch it for that, if nothing else.

This is a movie worth watching one time, and I think  that is it. It was interesting, but they could have done so much more with the movie. It was a movie about a painter, and so they make the movie as arty as possible. Enjoy. 

Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998) Trailer

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