Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"a celluloid portrait every bit as grimly disturbing as anything that Bacon himself produced, and far too darkly imaginative to be tarred with the 'biopic' brush."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"a riveting and disquieting portrait of a riveting and disquieting painter"
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"Powerfully well-acted."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Looking through a color art book on Bacon actually would make an appropriate substitute to watching the film."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"But whatever I think of Bacon and his art work I was, nevertheless, still dazzled by the breathless performance of Derek Jacobi..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews