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Love Is the Devil [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Derek Jacobi , Daniel Craig , John Maybury    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Anne Lambton, Adrian Scarborough
  • Directors: John Maybury
  • Writers: John Maybury
  • Producers: Ben Gibson, Chiara Menage, Frances-Anne Solomon, Patrice Haddad, Takashi Asai
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Strand Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305847045
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,695 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Love is the Devil is a riveting and disquieting portrait of a riveting and disquieting painter, Francis Bacon. Bacon's place in the pantheon of twentieth century painters is now firmly established, but at a time when anything other than abstract expressionism was ignored by the critical establishment, he went about developing a highly individual style of figurative painting, paintings which are often difficult to look at - large, dark, distorted figures in which the pain suffered by the subject is expressed by the entire composition, often large canvases, as well as twisted facial expressions, grotesqueries on the outside reflecting anguish within.

Bacon was a homosexual, a masochist sexually, but, it seems, much the emotional sadist out of bed. The film covers the period in his life from the dramatic entrance of George Dyer, the younger working class man who became his lover, until Dyer's suicide seven years later. Their relationship is explored in some depth here, with neither condescension nor simplification. Though Bacon comes out of it looking selfish and cruelly insensitive, the art that he made during those years is a sensational testament to the profound emotional connection that he and Dyer shared, for all that intellectually and socially they were worlds apart.

Writer-director John Maybury uses the camera to interpret the images that were Bacon's world, not trying to recreate the paintings, none of which are shown in the film, but to elicit the visual experience and translate it into film pictures that, in turn, suggest what Bacon was doing on canvas.

In some scenes, for example, characters are heavily made up to distort their faces, in one case almost with the look of advanced Bell's palsy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Werid But Beautiful. 12 Nov 2008
Format:DVD
I bought this and saw it last night, it was without doubt a little werid but somewhat beautiful. It starts out with Franics Bacon going to George Dyer's apartment and mourning for his upsettling death, then it swtiches to seven years before when they first meet and become doomed lovers. Bacon is more in focus of his paintings and his odd friends while Dyer is falling deeper for him so much that he begins to lose his sainty and destorys his life. The peformances are brilliant, Derek Jacobi is excellent and the right choice as Bacon, he can show little emotion like crueltiy and bitterness while narrating in the background. Daniel Craig is without doubt amazing and brilliant, his final moments still haunt me ever since and that's what I call very good acting. He can show emotions more like tenderness and his mad obesstion of S and M. It's not rubbish or good, there's something about it that made me hypoisted and in awe of it's dark beauty. It's worth seeing if it's a little short and fading to black a lot but there's a rare thing about it that made me give it four stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and repellant; A very good movie 16 Jun 2007
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A thief (Daniel Craig) breaks through a skylight and lands in the middle of an artist's studio. His flashlight shows paints and brushes and canvas, and scattered thick on the floor pictures and newspaper photographs of carnage, accidents, executions. Peering at him from a slightly open door is the artist (Derek Jacobi). "Not much of a burglar, are you?" the artist says. "Take your clothes off. Come to bed. Then you can have whatever you want."

The artist is Francis Bacon, one of the great painters of the Twentieth Century. The burglar is a working class, not-too-bright man 30 years younger than Bacon named George Dyer. Love Is the Devil tells of Bacon's relationship with Dyer from 1964 until Dyer commits suicide in 1971.

People probably react to this movie much the same way they react to Bacon's paintings and his life. Fascinated or repelled. Or both. Bacon's view of life is certainly there for all to see. He was an aggressive masochist where pleasure is pain and degradation is arousal. On the way to a boxing match with George, he says that "boxing is such an aperitif for sex. Like bull fighting, it unlocks the bowels of feeling." Bacon's circle of friends are brittle, obnoxious, clever queens, whether or not they are gay. They may accept George as Francis' plaything but not as a serious lover. Bacon is aroused and energized by the perversity of life. "We all have nightmares," he says to George unsympathetically one night. "They can't be as horrific as real life." His paintings are usually grotesque manipulations of the human body, where the body can look like an opened side of beef and a face can look like its been turned inside out. One critic called him the morbid poet of the world of evil. That seems to me to be superficial and ignorant.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To either love or hate as a film 21 July 2003
By spence
Format:VHS Tape
The question is whether you're viewing this as a lover of Bacon's work or to enjoy what is simply a fascinating cult film in itself. A few of the intermittant shots are not the most original and the storyline might not be to all tastes, but the Jacobi-Craig clash and borderline humour of supporting characters combine for some wonderfully twisted dialogue that brings it alive! If you're aware that none of Bacon's work is on offer, and appreciate tongue-in-cheek humour of it's darkest type then you will love this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars acobi
An amazingly dark film about the Artist - Derek Jacobi is at his best - a must watch film about Francis Bacon.
Published 2 months ago by ED-SHOT
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Derek Jacobi is fantastic in this film. Harrowing but beautiful glimpses into the life of a warped genius.
Published 3 months ago by Andy Warhol's Favorite Wig
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of Bacon - Love is the Devil
Having met Bacon on several occasions,
I would say that this film is a very true
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Published 6 months ago by Patricia Hutton
4.0 out of 5 stars Have to love "Love is the Devil"
You see its my period, when I was part BoHo London, so there was a connection. Loving Bacon's work made me wonder how anyone could make a film about Bacon without have the use of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Jacqueline Horswill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I am a big fan of Daniel Craig so I had to see this and I wasn't disappointed! Must see!
Published 18 months ago by Stella Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant buy!!
This book is the most brilliant dvd, and I really enjoyed it from start to finish! It is an eye opening insight into Francis Bacon's life!!!!!
Published 18 months ago by A. R. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Art - I love it!
Riveting storyline with realistic scenes and sexy performances that made me pleased to have returned to this classic film. Yo.
Published 19 months ago by Andrew McNaughton
3.0 out of 5 stars Film about artists
Unlike the late lucien Freud, Francis Bacon is
A less attractive specimen , and somewhat seedy. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2012 by Susie q
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
This often painful and strikingly original story, of a key relationship in Francis Bacon's life, is testement to what subsidised independent cinema can achieve at it's best. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by Adrian Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Soho's Bacon
This DVD release I will review in reverse. The extras are alone worth making this a purchase. Firstly there is a making of doc. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Tony Scrivener
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