Love Is the Devil 0.0 stars

A seven-year slice -- more like a mince -- of the life of British painter Francis Bacon and his S&M relationship with his model, George Dyer. John Maybury's attempt to recapture in live action the "atmosphere" of a Bacon painting, without actually showing any, relies on the cold mechanics of flash cuts, funhouse-mirror distortions, blurred focus, morgue lighting. In its diminishment of both the creator and his work, it carries on the tradition of Ken Russell's cinematic portraits-of-artists. With Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Annabel Brooks. 1998.

Duncan Shepherd

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