Run time: 90 mins
In Theaters: Wednesday 7th October 1998
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
IMDB: 6.6 / 10
Director: John Maybury
Producer: Chiara Menage
Screenwriter: John Maybury
Starring: Derek Jacobi as Francis Bacon, Daniel Craig as George Dyer, Tilda Swinton as Muriel Belcher, Anne Lambton as Isabel Rawsthorne, Adrian Scarborough as Daniel Farson, Karl Johnson as John Deakin, Annabel Brooks as Henrietta Moreas
Love Is the Devil is one of few films that is probably just as good -- if not better -- with the sound turned off. Listening to Bacon (Jacobi) talk incessantly to his gay lover George (Craig), whom he meets when he breaks into his studio, gets nuaseating after about 20 minutes. Watching the film is nauseating too, but only because of all the camera trickery. Overall, this is pretty cool -- though you realize quickly that it's a crutch to avoid showing you none of Bacon's art, since they couldn't get permission to do so for the movie. No surprise -- Bacon isn't exactly a hero here.
Altogether, it's as equally banal as Surviving Picasso, only weirder.