Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
+ intro by art writer and critic Florence Hallett
Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig excel as Francis Bacon and George Dyer in John Maybury’s study of an ill-starred romance.
Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Anne Lambton
UK 1998. 91min
Subtitled ‘Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon’, this charts the steady decline of the painter’s relationship with lover, model and muse George Dyer, a small-time crook Bacon first encounters burgling his house. The clash of personalities and social groups (Soho sophisticates and East End criminals) produces a sharp drama built around dominance and submission; the two leads are excellent, the images fittingly febrile.
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