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on 27 March 2009
Derek Jacobi is always a joy to watch, so with this in mind and not knowing a great deal about Francis Bacon's work I decided to give this film a go. It's the story of Bacon and his relationship with small-time crook/boxer/artist's model George Dyer which is very passionate and relies on S&M to a fair extent. Dyer falls in love with Bacon but it's clear to the viewer that the latter is used to this and mocks him somewhat, running parallel with this is the problems surrounding Dyer's sanity and associated suicide attempts which increase as the film progresses.
It's beautifully acted and somewhat 'arty farty' in nature (as one would expect!) The scenes which fade to black are fairly poignant and the violent imagery in Bacon's art reflect his thoughts on life; however I do feel that some of it went straight over my head!