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BASQUIAT

SYNOPSIS:
New York graffiti artist Jean-Pierre Basquiat rising from obscurity, became one of the most successful, controversial, glamorous - tragic - artists in the world. He brushed shoulders with the art elite, the power brokers of high society and befriended Andy Warhol. At 27, he was dead.

Review by Louise Keller:
This powerful film leaves a great impact, with its strong performances, stunning production design, cinematography and use of music. Jeffrey Wright is sensational as Basquiat, the graffiti artist who makes it big; David Bowie’s performance as Andy Warhol is one that I will always identify with Warhol. It is a visually rich film, and some of the scenes of interaction between Wright and Bowie are wonderful to watch. The film invites discussion and lingers long after the closing credits. Don’t miss it!"

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A truly moving picture: unsentimental though it is, Julian Schnabel’s resonant, intelligent and satisfying film never lingers in lament at Basquiat’s premature death, nor does he flavour the biography with the unnatural colours of flattery. But that does not prevent us from feeling a great sadness for the boy Basquiat - for that is what he always stayed, a boy - not for his death so much, as for his inability to deal with life. But as Basquiat’s equally controversial fellow artist, the film’s maker Schnabel, remarks, ‘Humans are hypnotised by those drenched with talent; they also can’t take their eyes away from the violent accident that often occurs to those people.’ This is Schnabel’s first film. And it is extraordinary. Possibly the best - and most moving - biography of an artist I’ve ever seen.



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BASQUIAT (M)
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CAST: Jeffrey Wright, Dennis Hopper, David Bowie, Christopher Walken, Tatum O’Neal, Gary Oldman, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe, Michael Wincott

PRODUCER: Jon Kilik, Randy Ostrow, Joni Sighvatsson

DIRECTOR & SCRIPT : Julian Schnabel

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ron Fortunato

EDITOR: Michael Berenbaum

MUSIC: John Cale

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dan Leigh

RUNNING TIME: 106 mins

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: REP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 6, 1997

 







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