Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

1998

Action / Biography / Drama / Romance

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IMDb Rating 6.4 10 2967

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Daniel Craig as George Dyer
Tilda Swinton as Muriel Belcher
Derek Jacobi as Francis Bacon
Adrian Scarborough as Daniel Farson
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1hr 27 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JKlein9823 1 / 10

Very much a downer of a movie. Don't expect to laugh.

This is very much a downer of a movie. This is not an LGBT-themed movie for anyone expecting a good time. Both Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig give good performances, and the film has good production values. But ... this is a dreary, dull and plodding film. Daniel Craig took quite a risk portraying the self-destructive and amoral lover. From seeing him in this, one would never guess that he would be the next actor to portray James Bond in "Casino Royale" in 2006. An art house type of movie that is definitely not for everyone's taste.

Reviewed by paulijcalderon 7 / 10

Nightmarish and surreal visuals outshine the story

This is great visually, but the story doesn't hold up as well as the visual style. I am not very familiar with the real life story of the painter that this movie is based on, but I never really got a sense of who he really was. Which is a shame because it feels like you are supposed to understand him and his art. What makes the movie work is the nightmarish tone throughout.

There are some strange and frightening images which are worth a look. You could say this movie is a bit experimental. But, again, the main character did unfortunately not work too well for me. He felt rude and selfish and his inner monologues felt like a different character in my opinion. In the end it seemed like the secondary character was the more sympathetic one. I don't know if that was the point, but I'm sure the painter had an interesting life. This is just not the movie to showcase it. Don't get me wrong, it's not the actors fault. They do a good job with what they are given.

There are some interesting things here. Colors are great and some locations feel claustrophobic, which help give the sense that you can't escape this dream. I just wish the main character could be more like-able and that it had a story you could get more invested in. Watching it is still surreal, dark and will take you on a unique dream like experience.

So, the visual outshine the characters in my opinion. It is worth watching for the nightmare/dream scenes. Everything to do with that reminds me of something out of a David Lynch or Stanley Kubrick film. Hey, maybe the main character will work better for you. Maybe this movie could grow on you over time, it feels like it's one of those type of films that need a bit of time digest.

Reviewed by sunheadbowed 5 / 10

The Nietzsche of the football team.

After reading Daniel Farson's moving and strangely tender biography of Francis Bacon, I expected to equally enjoy 'Love Is the Devil', but it didn't quite click.

The book left me with a feeling of compassion and understanding for the twisted, Grand Guignol monsters of The Colony Room, with their likable mix of contempt for showy pretension and debauched indulgence in caricature role-playing of the very same thing; this film left me feeling not much at all, except slightly depressed and empty -- the characters seemed to be presented in their worst light at all times, which isn't what the book was about. A big part of Bacon's appeal, for me, is his integrity.

Despite how difficult it was to feel any warmth for any of the characters, Jacobi's Bacon was almost eerie in how close it got to the real thing.

The stylisation of the film attempts to echo Bacon's art (which is never easily imitated): using mirrors and other tricks, the actors are at times shot in ways that grotesquely morph their faces into the violent splashes of beautiful disfigurement in Bacon's portraits; Dyer's nightmares feature screaming, blood-red creatures that seemingly crawled right out of Bacon's triptychs. The attempts at cinematic art are commendable but not entirely effective: what should be chilling and striking, like the subject matter himself, is a little bit boring.

I never quite bought Daniel Craig as George Dyer, but that's probably as much to do with 'seeing James Bond' as anything. Had I seen the film in 1998, perhaps I would have been able to succeed in suspending disbelief.

If you enjoyed this film you definitely have to read Daniel Farson's book.

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