Love Is The Devil  [DVD]
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John Maybury s dazzling debut feature is an extraordinarily powerful study of the passions that drove one of Britain's greatest and most controversial painters, Francis Bacon (Derek Jacobi). The film charts the turbulent and complex relationship that developed between theflamboyant artist and George Dyer (Daniel Craig), the petty thief who became not only Bacon s lover nbut the model for some of his most intense and celebrated paintings. Set in the bohemian world of 60s Soho, Love is the Devil perfectly captures the decadent underworld of artists models, East End thugs and the infamous drinking den, The Colony Room, presided over by the hilariously foul-mouthed Muriel Belcher.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this dvd, while I realise its not to everybody's taste it was beautifully portrayed by Daniel Craig as the lover of flamboyant artist Frances BaconPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Better then expected, Very good special features with Derek Jacobi and Director discussing the film through shots. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Suzanne Rouse
It's ok, I wouldn't say I didn't like it, which 2 stars seems to indicate, oh how I hate these arbitary placements, but if you really want to know about Francis Bacon, and what he... Read morePublished 9 months ago by lolabubble