Plot & Details
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.
- MPAA Rating: Not Rated
- Genre(s): Drama,Foreign
- Run Time: 91min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 10/07/1998
- DVD Release Date: 04/04/2000
- Distributor(s): Strand
- Director(s): John Maybury
- Starring: Derek Jacobi , Daniel Craig , Tilda Swinton , Anne Lambton , Adrian Scarborough
- Themes: Bohemian Life,Tortured Genius,Life in the Arts
- Tone: Hallucinatory,Cerebral,Literate,Biting,Stylized
- Keywords: artist, criminal, homosexual, painting, sadomasochism, suicide
- Country of Origin: USA (10-09-1998)
- Language: English