Love Is The Devil: Study For A Portrait Of Francis Bacon

Love Is The Devil: Study For A Portrait Of Francis Bacon

Derek Jacobi
Director: John Maybury Cast: Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
, Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
, Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
John Maybury


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2015
UPC: 0712267342020
Original Release: 1998
Rating: NR
Source: Strand Home Video
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 40,873

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Derek Jacobi Francis Bacon
Daniel Craig George Dyer
Tilda Swinton Muriel Belcher
Anne Lambton Isabel Rawsthorne
Adrian Scarborough Daniel Farson
Karl Johnson John Deakin
Annabel Brooks Henrietta Moraes
Richard Newbold Blond Billy

Technical Credits
John Maybury Director,Screenwriter
Annie Symons Costumes/Costume Designer
Takashi Asai Executive Producer
Paul Davies Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Farson Consultant/advisor
Ben Gibson Executive Producer
Daniel Goddard Editor
Patrice Haddad Executive Producer
Ken Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Macdonald Production Designer
John Mathieson Cinematographer
Chiara Menage Producer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Ryuichi Sakamoto Score Composer
Frances-Anne Solomon Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Love Is The Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
1. Chapter 1 [10:13]
2. Chapter 2 [12:25]
3. Chapter 3 [10:21]
4. Chapter 4 [12:13]
5. Chapter 5 [4:07]
6. Chapter 6 [:12]
7. Chapter 7 [:12]
8. Chapter 8 [:12]

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