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

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This British biographical drama probes the life of painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992), critically acclaimed as the outstanding British painter of the latter half of the 20th Century. This unsympathetic portrait of Bacon (Derek Jacobi) begins when George Dyer (Daniel Craig), a small-time criminal from working-class East End environs, drops through a skylight to rob Bacon's studio -- and is ordered into bed by Bacon. The two become a familiar couple at Bacon's hangout, the Colony Room in Soho.

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John Maybury

Apr 4, 2000

British Film Institute

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a celluloid portrait every bit as grimly disturbing as anything that Bacon himself produced, and far too darkly imaginative to be tarred with the 'biopic' brush.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Powerfully well-acted.

June 12, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

But whatever I think of Bacon and his art work I was, nevertheless, still dazzled by the breathless performance of Derek Jacobi...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

a riveting and disquieting portrait of a riveting and disquieting painter

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Looking through a color art book on Bacon actually would make an appropriate substitute to watching the film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

"...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.
May 23, 2010
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