Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

John Maybury’s audacious film charts the powerful and dangerous relationship between Francis Bacon and his lover and muse.

Exploring the territory where art, love and sex collide, Love is the Devil charts the powerful and dangerous relationship betweens one of Britain’s most controversial artists, Francis Bacon (Derek Jacobi) and his lover and muse George Dyer (Daniel Craig). This is a dazzling, audacious feature from John Maybury, one of Britain’s most exciting directors, portraying a bawdy, decadent world of artists’ studio, casinos and late night bars, including the infamous Colony Room Club, presided over by foul-mouthed patroness Muriel Belcher (Tilda Swinton).

Derek Jacobi’s portrayal of Bacon is precise and mesmerising, whilst Daniel Craig gives a raw, expressive performance as the tough petty thief who became the model for some of Bacon’s most intense and celebrated paintings, his ultimate vulnerability throwing his lover’s glory into sharp relief. The film’s fantastic visual style captures the extraordinary dynamism of Bacon’s art; the lighting and colour palette are inspired by his work, and the film’s atmosphere is one of both beauty and grotesque.

Special features

  • New full feature commentary by John Maybury and Derek Jacobi.
  • ‘The Colony’: exclusive feature documentary preview (16 min).
  • New interview with producers Ben Gibson and Chiara Menage.
  • Booklet with essays by Michael OPray and Sir Christopher Frayling.

Product information

    • Certificate

      18

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      87mins

    • Subtitles

      English for the hard-of-hearing

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.66:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD776

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