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Love is the Devil
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Directed By
John Maybury

Written By:
John Maybury

Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Karl Johnson, Anne Lambton

Love is the Devil (1998)
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Movie Review by Jannika
September 24th, 2006

Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

Warning, spoilers ahead. People should know this right off the bat.

1. Daniel has a lovely, normal-sized uncircumcized johnson. He obviously felt no unease about displaying said johnson during the bathtub scene, and yes I have a screencap as my desktop wallpaper.

2. Early on there's a scene establishing their sado/masochistic relationship. There's no question which role Daniel plays, he's quite chilling stripped down to tighty-whities and wrapping a leather belt around his hand as Francis waits trembling. I did hear him whisper "Sorry" right before he started burning him with a cigarette however.

3. Other than that, you won't see Francis and George in any man-on-man action. Alhough they're pictured in bed quite a lot, they're sleeping or talking. Actually, Francis is usually sleeping (or trying to) while George is talking, and his increasing insecurities become annoying to Francis.

The movie starts out showing how they met, with the would-be burgler George literally falling into Francis' home through a skylight. Bacon appears, and rather than being upset or afraid, tells George to "Take your clothes off, come to bed, and you can have anything you want." I found this hard to believe, and since Bacon's family wanted nothing to do with this film, it's hard to say how factual it is. Derek Jacobi (I Claudius) and Craig are both excellent, but the the story left too many unanswered questions for me.

For those who have an interest in Bacon's artwork, you won't see any of it here, but the artistic camerawork makes up for it. Many people liked the film, but I think it's dark and depressing. Despite the title I still don't know much about them, and the portrait I came away with was surprisingly abstract and unattractive.

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