Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon [DVD] [1998]

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Special Features

  • Commentary with Director John Maybury & actor Derek Jacobi
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Other Strand Releasing Trailers


Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
This British biographical drama probes the life of painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992), critically acclaimed as the outstanding British painter of the latter half of the 20th Century. This unsympathetic portrait of Bacon (Derek Jacobi) begins when George Dyer (Daniel Craig), a small-time criminal from working-class East End environs, drops through a skylight to rob Bacon's studio -- and is ordered into bed by Bacon. The two become a familiar couple at Bacon's hangout, the Colony Room in Soho. Bacon's sexual interests lean toward S&M, but as the cruel Bacon loses interest in Dyer and begins to look elsewhere, the couple splits. Left to his own devices, Dyer turns to drugs and alcohol -- and a tragic suicide. Visual grotesqueries and a trancelike Ryuichi Sakamoto music score capture the essence of Bacon's work (although paintings by Bacon are not seen onscreen here). The film is told in the form of a flashback from Bacon's successful 1971 retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris to a period in the mid-'60s. Bacon biographer Daniel Farson (The Gilded Gutter Life of Francis Bacon) served as consultant on the film. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Derek Jacobi
    Derek Jacobi - Francis Bacon
  • Daniel Craig
    Daniel Craig - George Dyer
  • Tilda Swinton
    Tilda Swinton - Muriel Belcher
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    Anne Lambton - Isabel Rawsthorne
  • Adrian Scarborough
    Adrian Scarborough - Daniel Farson
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