16 February 2009

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


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




Year: 1998
Genre: Biography, Drama

Rating: 6.7/10

Director: John Maybury

Duration: 90 min

Country UK, France, Japan



Actors: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Anne Lambton, Adrian Scarborough, Karl Johnson, Annabel Brooks, Richard Newbould, Ariel de Ravenel, Tallulah, Andy Linden, David Kennedy, Gary Hume, Damian Dibben, Antony Cotton










Slike Francis Bacona mi se definitivno ne dopadaju, nekako su u potpunom haosu, izgledaju mi kao noćna mora odsanjana u poslijepodnevnom snu.
A gledajući ovaj film vidim i zašto je tako! Pa život ovog idiota je isti kao i njegove slike. Glumi ga jezivo aseksualni Derec Jacobi koji izgleda kao da je upravo došao na dopust iz paklenog devetog kruga! A ko mu je ljubavnik? Daniel Craig, moj miljenik iz filma Infamous (2006). Ni on pored ovog mučenika ne izgleda kako inače izgleda! A i ko bi mogao biti normalan pored Francis Bacona?! Bacon opsjednuti mazohista kao da je potajno priželjkivao da okonča od ruke svog ljubavnika George Dyera (Daniel Craig). Ali vjerovatnije je bilo da će nesretni depresivni George sam sebi prekrati muke zbog haosa koji mu stvara mazohistički nastrojen Bacon.
Dyer je izvršio samoubistvo trovanjem tabletama 1971. godine.
Bacon se smatra jednim od nacjenjenijih Britanskih slikara. Moglo mu je i biti jer u njegovo vrijeme , a i danas, sve što je nerazumljivo smatra se umjetnošću. Iako je bio peder koji je obožavao muško tjelo nikada ga nije uspio realno i nacrtati. Al u njegovim apstrakcijama se da naslutiti okovana muška snaga, koja bi ga kada bi izašla iz kaveza najradije isprebijala dok ne bi svršio uživajući u sopstvenom poniženju!
Eto toliko od mene, bez ljutnje ne možemo biti svi ljubitelji apstrakcije, posebno ne Baconove!
Uh nisam izdržao , a da ne stavim sliku Daniela Craiga, golog u kadi! Eh da mi se uvaliti kod njega!

VARIETY.COM
By DAVID ROONEY

Unconventional, audacious and uncompromising in every sense, John Maybury's "Love Is the Devil" is a very personal interpretation of the destructive relationship between British painter Francis Bacon and his lover and muse, George Dyer. This provocative film's unflinchingly unsympathetic portrayal of the artist -- ferociously played by Derek Jacobi -- and its often distancing, experimental style, make it clearly an item for niche audiences. But it nonetheless looks certain to become a talked-about release backed by plenty of critical heft, and a benchmark for future films about artists.

Presumably unable to obtain permission from Bacon's estate to use his work, Maybury instead has developed a visual style that approximates his morbid, horrific images in boldly inventive ways. Many films in recent memory -- including Maurice Pialat's "Van Gogh," Julian Schnabel's "Basquiat" and "Caravaggio" by late Maybury crony Derek Jarman -- have to some degree incorporated their subject's painting style into their approach. But the fusion here between Bacon's work and Maybury's portrait of him goes much deeper, showing a filmmaker with startling control.

Opening with Bacon's crowning success, a 1971 retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris, the film backtracks seven years to recount his meeting in London with Dyer (Daniel Craig) a small-time criminal from the lower-working-class East End. Dropping through a skylight to rob Bacon's studio, Dyer instead is ordered by the painter to remove his clothes, come to bed and then take what he wants. He does as instructed and becomes Francis' "new tart," soon being introduced to the coterie of bitchy friends with whom he carouses at Soho's Colony Room and whom the painter describes as "the concentration of camp."

Bacon's sexual proclivity for masochism -- conveyed with great restraint by Maybury -- is matched by his emotional sadism, which is put on hold during the relationship's early stages as he relishes his lover's mix of amorality and innocence. But as time passes, his contentment seems to fade. He begins belittling George in public for his lack of sophistication, locks him out while he entertains other rough trade and is scornfully dismissive about his suicide attempts.

Jacobi's remarkable performance depicts Bacon as supercilious and cruel but also quietly appalled by his own life and behavior. He clearly loves George, but while able intermittently to acknowledge this to himself and select friends, he's unwilling to express his feelings to his partner.

Increasingly more locked into drug- and alcohol-induced altered states, George finally does kill himself, as Francis is toasted at the exhibition in which his lover is the subject of some of the most celebrated paintings. The contrast between Bacon's derision when David Hockney offers his condolences and his private grief -- shown succinctly in a desolate opening shot -- makes the artist both a monster and a tragic figure.

Echoes of Bacon's art are everywhere in cinematographer John Mathieson's swimming, distorted visuals and grotesque, up-close angles, as well as in specific constructs: a mirrored triptych as Bacon applies makeup, a seafood dinner, tortured sexual couplings and George's pained visions of a bloody, agonized body. The unsettling tone of the material carries through to Ryuichi Sakamoto's dense soundtrack of music, droning and noise.

Known mainly for his work in the BBC drama "Our Friends in the North," Craig has a role is no less central than Jacobi's, and he creates a poignant figure from the sexy lout whose destiny to be discarded is predicted early on by his roughneck friends.
Supporting cast also is on-target, especially the circle of Soho vipers, spitting out their barbs with great aplomb. Leader of the gang is an almost unrecognizable Tilda Swinton, hilarious as the acerbic lesbian den mother.

The film is dedicated to Bacon's friend and biographer Daniel Farson, who wrote what is considered the definitive tome on the artist, "The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon," and served as consultant here prior to his death.





9 comments:

  1. meni su ok bacon-ove slike baš zato što se taj haos vidi na njima. mada mislim da je slikarstvo danas prevaziđeno kao forma, što se mene lično tiče.

    "Moglo mu je i biti jer u njegovo vrijeme , a i danas, sve što je nerazumljivo smatra se umjetnošću."

    dobar hejt. :))

    "Iako je bio peder koji je obožavao muško tjelo nikada ga nije uspio realno i nacrtati. Al u njegovim apstrakcijama se da naslutiti okovana muška snaga, koja bi ga kada bi izašla iz kaveza najradije isprebijala dok ne bi svršio uživajući u sopstvenom poniženju!"

    ha! potpuno si ga shvatio! vidiš da ti je razumljiva ta apstrakcija. jer, umetnost ne treba uvek da bude lepa.

    a, krejg je mnogo dobar baja! mislim da je on jedini bond čiji smo tuki videli :) ali, ga ne hvalim samo zbog toga.

    sve u svemu - dobar film. zajebane su životne priče...

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  2. Ne mislim da je slikarstvo prevaziđena forma. Al teško je da jedan slikar može zadovoljiti unutrašnji poriv svakog čovijeka! Ja volim sklad i harmoniju ( mnogi misle da je to dosadno )a to u Baconovim slikama ne vidim.
    Ono što me je najviše iznerviralo u ovom filmu je scena kada je Bacon opčinjen kurcem i željom da bude podčinjen istim ostavio Dryera ispred vrata.
    Pa kada već djeliš život sa nekim onda podjeli sa njim i te svoje najmračnije potrebe!
    Da ga je pustio unutra, pa makar ga ova dvojica ispišali i bacili u klozetsku šolju više bih ga cjenio!

    A Krejg je zaista dobar baja:) Volio bih ga imati zajedno sa mojim dragim!:)

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  4. Hi, I downloaded and joint it but it´s just 41 minutes of movie, what´s wrong?

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