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Love is the devil : study for a portrait of Francis Bacon

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English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Anne Lambton, Karl Johnson, Annabel Brooks, Adrian Scarborough, Tilda Swinton.

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[Culver City, Calif.] : Strand Releasing Home Video, [2015]


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Originally released as a motion picture in 1998.

Bonus features: Commentary with director John Maybury & actor Derek Jacobi ; original theatrical trailer ; other Strand Releasing trailers.

"John Maybury's searing portrait of the English painter Francis Bacon at the height of his fame in the 1960s is one of the nastiest and most truthful portraits of the artist-as-monster ever filmed. Its story of the colossally self-absorbed artist and his self-destructive younger lover, George Dyer, begins when Bacon awakens in his studio one night to discover a burglar on the premises. Sizing up the thief as an appetizing piece of rough trade, Bacon makes a proposition: if the robber sheds his clothes and comes to bed with him, he promises, he can have anything he wants--in presuming to take you inside the mind and heart of a major artist, confronting the demonic aspect of the human condition, LOVE IS THE DEVIL, goes as far and as deep as any movie has dared"--Stephen Holden, The New York Times.

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