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:
NR (adult situations)
Genre:
Drama
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British Film Institute

Cast

Derek Jacobi
as Francis Bacon
Daniel Craig
as George Dyer
Tilda Swinton
as Muriel Belcher
Adrian Scarborough
as Daniel Farson
Anne Lambton
as Isabel Rawthorne
Karl Johnson
as John Deakin
Richard Newbould
as Blond Billy
Annabel Brooks
as Henrietta Moraes
Richard Newbold
as Blond Billy
Ariel de Ravenel
as French Official
Andy Linden
as Ken Bidwell
David Kennedy
as Joe Furneval
Gary Hume
as Volker Dix
Damian Dibben
as Brighton Rent Boy No. 1
Antony Cotten
as Brighton Rent Boy No. 2
Anthony Ryding
as London Rent Boy
Ray Olley
as Boxing Referee
Wesley Morgan
as Boxer No. 1
Nigel Travis
as Boxer No. 2
Eddie Kerr
as Tailor
Tallulah
as Ian Board
George Clarke
as Wrestler
David Windle
as Wrestler
William Hoyland
as Police Sergeant
Mark Umbers
as P.C. Denham
Hamish Bowles
as David Hockney
Jibby Beane
as Parisian Art World
Gentuca Bini
as Parisian Art World
James Birch
as Parisian Art World
Tim Burke
as Parisian Art World
Liz Clarke
as Parisian Art World
Jemima Cotter
as Parisian Art World
Fiona Dealey
as Parisian Art World
John Dunbar
as Parisian Art World
Victoria Fernandez
as Parisian Art World
Natalie Gibson
as Parisian Art World
Caroline Hardy
as Parisian Art World
Charlie Hayward
as Parisian Art World
Miles Johnson
as Parisian Art World
Kate St. Johnston
as Parisian Art World
Ulla Larson
as Parisian Art World
Alistair Mathieson
as Parisian Art World
Chiara Menage
as Parisian Art World
James Mitchell
as Parisian Art World
Gregor Muir
as Parisian Art World
Lorcan O'Neill
as Parisian Art World
John Spiteri
as Parisian Art World
Francesco Vezzoli
as Parisian Art World
Thalia Valeta
as Parisian Art World
Marjorie Walker
as Parisian Art World
Gillian Young
as Parisian Art World
Maira Bjornson
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Judy Blame
as Person in the Colony Room Club
John Byrne
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Les Child
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Jake Dodds
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Daniel Farson
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Sandy Fawkes
as Person in the Colony Room Club
David Harrison
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Malcom Key
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Phillipe Krutchey
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Steven Linard
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Alan McDonald
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Norman Rosenthal
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Thomasina Smith
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Yolanda Sonnabend
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Annie Symons
as Person in the Colony Room Club
David Symons
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Sue Tilley
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Virginia Wetherell
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Winford
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Michael Wojas
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Roger Bowdler
as Person in Restaurant
Duggie Fields
as Person in Restaurant
Pam Hogg
as Person in Restaurant
Ben Lavington Martin
as Person in Restaurant
Amanda Menage
as Person in Restaurant
William Middleton
as Person in Restaurant
Christina Moore
as Person in Restaurant
Elspeth Thompson
as Person in Restaurant
Tu Tu Mortimore
as Person in Restaurant
Nick Mortimore
as Person in Restaurant
Piers Feltham
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Baillie Walsh
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Ben Gibson
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Sam Jilkes
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Alan Percy
as Person in the Colony Room Club
Suzie Bick
as Person in Casino
Lucy Ferry
as Person in Casino
Simon Goldberg
as Person in Casino
David Harvey
as Person in Casino
Rifat Ozbek
as Person in Casino
Anita Pallenberg
as Person in Casino
Jimmy Trindy
as Person in Casino
Andy Walsh
as Person in Casino
Gaby Agis
as Person in French Pub
Marilee & Melanie Arnold
as Person in French Pub
Matt Cogger
as Person in French Pub
Angus Fairhurst
as Person in French Pub
Georgie Hopton
as Person in French Pub
Marco Jackson
as Person in French Pub
Sarah Lucas
as Person in French Pub
Jean Mortimore
as Person in French Pub
Lance Patterson
as Person in French Pub
Johnnie Shand Kydd
as Person in French Pub
Josephine Soughan
as Person in French Pub
Dave Berry
as Person in Brighton Pub
Sam Chapman
as Person in Brighton Pub
Andrew Coltrane
as Person in Brighton Pub
Daniele Minns
as Person in Brighton Pub
Tracey Emin
as Person in Brighton Pub
Caron Geary
as Person in Brighton Pub
Sam Hawkins
as Person in Brighton Pub
Darren King
as Person in Brighton Pub
Donald McInnes
as Person in Brighton Pub
Martin Meister
as Person in Brighton Pub
Gillian Wearing
as Person in Brighton Pub
Johnathan Williams
as Person in Brighton Pub
Steven Zivanovic
as Person in Brighton Pub
April Adams
as Person in Brighton Pub
Sheena
as Person in Brighton Pub
April
as Person in Brighton Pub
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Love Is the Devil

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.

Ronnie Culpepper
Ronnie Culpepper
½

Glum tale of England's greatest (and perhaps most solipsistic) painter since WWII, tarted up with a lot of ill-advised visual tricks, presumably intended to mimic the distortions of Bacon's paintings, but instead, just annoying. Performances are OK. We get to see Daniel Craig nekkid, and some mild S&M scenes in which Jacobi/Bacon are debased. But there isn't really much about the paintings, which is kind of a problem. Maybe they didn't have the rights to show the work, but for an artists who admits that he is obsessed with his work (and perhaps as a result, drove his lover to suicide), it's kind of a problem to miss the whole point of the obsession in the film.

Nick Demartino
Nick Demartino
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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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