Love Is the Devil (1998)

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This British biographical drama probes the life of painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992). Cat burglar George drops in through a skylight to rob Bacon's studio -- and is ordered into bed by Bacon. Bacon's interests are in S&M, but eventually cruel Bacon loses interest in George, and he commits suicide.

Rating: Unrated (adult situations)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: John Maybury
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On DVD: Apr 4, 2000
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Critic Reviews for Love Is the Devil

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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Love Is the Devil

½

"...we all have nightmares. They can't be as horrific as life."

Deep, dark and unsettling. An artful obliteration of the line between genius and madness.

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½

Exquisite performances but a disjointed movie. Jacobi is uncanny in a performance where he seems to be channeling a heartless Judi Dench. The only flaw in the performance were in the direction of 2 scenes of moments Bacon exhibited ecstasy in observance of violence during a film and a boxing match. Jacobi came across as disingenuous and it took me out of the film for a second. Not that I was too deeply absorbed. Craig is a beautiful tortured soul with chasmic depth in his eyes and the inability to vocalize it. I couldn't take my eyes off of him. I did not see an artist in Jacobi's Fancis Bacon but his interpretation none-the-less is too real of a despicable person on the verge of being completely unsympathetic. (I later viewed biopics on Bacon to find that the man himself betrays his works which I believe to be gimmick.) Here the film makers fail to characterize truths behind the ties that bound these people to each other, much less even spending time together. I looked into the men after seeing the movie and now understand more about them, had I known some of it going in, my experience with the film may have been vastly different. As an uninitiated viewer of this movie on its own merits, I was left on the fence. The film is interesting, with some artistry at work. (Some of which I later learned was to evoke imagery used by bacon in his work) Maybe too many incohesive attempts at artistry turned gimmicky and at odds with the story telling. Tear away the gimmicks and this is a simple telling of accounts that allegedly happened during the relationship of these two men, all of which lacked a binding thread and a character to attach to.

a good art house movie weird visuals tortured artist story strange music and daniel craig full frontal-priceless!

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