6.4/10
3,063
43 user 58 critic

Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)

Biography of British painter Francis Bacon focuses on his relationship with his lover, George Dyer, a former small time crook.

Director:

John Maybury

Writer:

John Maybury
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: John Maybury
Stars: Alana, Rupert Everett, Julia Fodo
Love & Rage (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

This film is based on true events that happened on Achill Island off the West coast of Ireland, in The Valley House.

Director: Cathal Black
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Daniel Craig, Stephen Dillane
The Mother (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter.

Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Anne Reid, Daniel Craig, Anna Wilson-Jones
Obsession (1997)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Two men become entangled in a torrid love affair with the same woman. Pierre is Miriam's longtime lover. John is desperately searching for clues about his past when he and Miriam have a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sehr
Stars: Heike Makatsch, Charles Berling, Daniel Craig
Teknolust (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Anxious to use artificial life to improve the world, Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist creates a Recipe for Cyborgs and uses her own DNA in order to breed three Self Replicating Automatons, ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies, James Urbaniak
Shockers: The Visitor (TV Movie 1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three young house sharers make the dangerous mistake of assuming that a man who arrives at the door is the cousin of their absent flatmate.

Director: Audrey Cooke
Stars: Daniel Craig, Miranda Pleasence, Claire Rushbrook
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Emmy Coer, a computer genius, devises a method of communicating with the past by tapping into undying information waves. She manages to reach the world of Ada Lovelace, founder of the idea ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Francesca Faridany, Timothy Leary
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

From Time Out Film Guide Beatt's first feature centres on a staggering performance from Swinton: part Diva, part Harpy, part woman struggling to cope and make sense of it all. She plays ... See full synopsis »

Director: Cynthia Beatt
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Féodor Atkine, Lutz Weidlich
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man lives in parallel worlds, falling in love with the same woman, while the police hunt down a serial killer who steals brains.

Director: Robert Lepage
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom McCamus, Sean McCann
Wittgenstein (1993)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman
Stars: Karl Johnson, Michael Gough, Tilda Swinton
The Deep End (2001)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker
Man to Man (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Shortly before the WW II, Ella Gericke takes on the identity of her husband Max after his death to work instead of him in the factory. She continues to be Max until she herself doesn't even... See full summary »

Director: John Maybury
Stars: Tilda Swinton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Francis Bacon
Daniel Craig ... George Dyer
Tilda Swinton ... Muriel Belcher
Anne Lambton ... Isabel Rawsthorne
Adrian Scarborough ... Daniel Farson
Karl Johnson ... John Deakin
Annabel Brooks Annabel Brooks ... Henrietta Moraes
Richard Newbould Richard Newbould ... Blonde Billy (as Richard Newbold)
Ariel de Ravenel Ariel de Ravenel ... French Official
Tallulah Tallulah ... Ian Board
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... Ken Bidwell
David Kennedy ... Joe Furneval
Gary Hume Gary Hume ... Volker Dix
Damian Dibben ... Brighton Rent Boys
Antony Cotton ... Brighton Rent Boys
Edit

Storyline

In the 1960s, British painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992) surprises a burglar and invites him to share his bed. The burglar, a working class man named George Dyer, 30 years Bacon's junior, accepts. Bacon finds Dyer's amorality and innocence attractive, introducing him to his Soho pals. In their sex life, Dyer dominates, Bacon is the masochist. Dyer's bouts with depression, his drinking and pill popping, and his satanic nightmares strain the relationship, as does his pain with Bacon's casual infidelities. Bacon paints, talks with wit, and, as Dyer spins out of control, begins to find him tiresome. Could Bacon care less? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Study for a portrait of Francis Bacon.


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Strand Releasing

Country:

UK | France | Japan | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£46,077 (United Kingdom), 20 September 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,202, 11 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$343,023, 19 December 1999
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cameo: Costume Designer Annie Symons is a patron of the Colony Room Club. See more »

Quotes

Francis Bacon: Once a stone has been polished, you can't return it to the rough. A flower that has been picked has only one fate. That's why whores consider it bad luck to receive cut flowers. They know that they are going to die.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Miles (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Time On My Hands
Performed by Al Bowlly
Written by Vincent Youmans (as Youmans), Harold Adamson (as Adamson) & Mack Gordon (as Gordon)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hauntingly evil
4 December 1998 | by stoney-2See all my reviews

This film will insinuate itself into the images under your closed eyelids. Meat, blood, cuts, scars, wounds, assassinations, executions, dismemberments, car accidents, beatings, and burnings will all rush together in an explosion of pain, longing, and unsatisfied hungers. Homosexual sado-masochism, not gay love. The absolute evil of pure genius. A paint brush slashes the spirit as a razor, the body. The tormented torments; the masochist punishes the sadist. Flesh is set aflame with a cigarette, not a kiss. Francis Bacon is the one true artist of the postwar era. He understood that humanity had irrevocably crossed the barrier between reason and madness. This film casts us into the abyss of the collective unconscious where we may swim or be burned to a crisp. Hold your eyelids open with sharp orange toothpicks and suck on the bloody images. Watch the film five times and then seek out Bacon's work, at least in books, if not in museums. Perhaps then your unspoken thirst may be quenched and you will grasp the 20th Century before you plummet into the 21st.


24 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 43 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed