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Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon 1998

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Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon 1998 18

86 mins United Kingdom Director. John Maybury

Daniel Craig plays George Dyer, petty crook turned artist's muse, in this unconventional biopic of painter Francis Bacon (an uncanny portrayal by Derek Jacobi). The 1960s Soho demi-monde, centred on the infamous Colony Room, is artfully realised by director John Maybury, both seedy and seductive as Bacon's tempestuous relationship with Dyer plays out in a haze of drugs and alcohol.

Love is the Devil contrasts Dyer’s decline with Bacon’s rising fame, until their sado-masochistic love affair is cut short by Dyer's suicide in a Paris hotel room during a 1971 retrospective of Bacon’s work. Permission to use his paintings - among the most valuable in contemporary art history - was denied by the artist's estate. In its design Maybury’s film overcomes this potential hurdle with ingenious references to Bacon's melancholic style.

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Directed by

John Maybury

Featuring

Derek Jacobi

Daniel Craig

Anne Lambton

Karl Johnson

Tilda Swinton

Genres

Biographical

Collection

Soho Stories Love Gay Cinema - Out of the Archive The Arts on Film

Certificate

18 Contains sex and nudity

Released

1998

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

British Film Institute

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