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Love is the Devil

1h 31m Drama, LGBT, Art 1998

AroView: A wonderfully audacious biopic of great Irish-British painter Francis Bacon (he of the “Screaming Pope” paintings), travels the raw-nerve edge of artistic inspiration and is itself a work of art.

Following Bacon’s (Derek Jacobi) sado-masochistic affair with a smalltime crook (Daniel Craig) in the late 1960s London, a rare aesthetic beauty is achieved without sacrificing narrative, and the period evocation is sublimely atmospheric. Numbering among the creepier hangers-on, Tilda Swinton and Anne Lambton are an added bonus.


John Maybury


English, French

Closed Captions [CC]



UK, USA, France, Japan



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