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


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

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Francis Bacon
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George Dyer
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Muriel Belcher
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Isabel Rawsthorne
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Daniel Farson
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John Deakin
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Henrietta Moraes
Richard Newbould ...
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Gary Hume ...
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Ray Olley ...
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David Hockney
Jibby Beane ...
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Gentuca Bini ...
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James Birch ...
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Tim Burke ...
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Liz Clarke ...
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Jemima Cotter ...
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Fiona Daly ...
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John Dunbar ...
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Caroline Hardy ...
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Charlie Hayward ...
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Miles Johnson ...
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Kate St. Johnston ...
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Ulla Larson-Styles ...
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Judy Blame ...
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John Byrne ...
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Les Child ...
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Daniel Farson ...
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Sandy Fawkes ...
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David Harrison ...
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Malcolm Key ...
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Philippe Krootchey ...
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Steven Linard ...
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Yolanda Sonnabend ...
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David Symons ...
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Alan Percy ...
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Takashi Asai ... executive producer: Uplink
Ben Gibson ... executive producer
Patrice Haddad ... executive producer: Premiere Heure
Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo ... line producer
Chiara Menage ... producer (produced by)
Frances-Anne Solomon ... executive producer

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Ryuichi Sakamoto ... (music composed by)

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John Mathieson ... director of photography

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Daniel Goddard

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Gavin Buckley ... assistant editor
Gavin Burridge ... on-line editor
Emily Grant ... assistant editor
James Lingard ... assistant editor
Sophia Panayiotopoulos ... post-production assistant
Anna Turville ... assistant editor

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Emma Buckley ... (casting by)
Mary Selway ... (casting by)

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Alan MacDonald

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Christina Moore

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Annie Symons

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Alex King ... makeup artist
Jacquetta Levon ... hair designer / makeup designer
Donald McInnes ... additional makeup artist / hair stylist
Sara Riesel ... additional makeup artist

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Stephane Haddad ... production manager
Emma Salter ... post-production supervisor

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Olivia Lloyd ... second assistant director
Deborah Saban ... first assistant director
Jojo Tulloh ... third assistant director

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Ian Bee ... construction manager
Temple Clark ... storyboard artist
Philippa Hart ... set dresser
Catriona McKail ... art department trainee
Thomasina Smith ... scenic artist
Alex Ward ... property master

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Tim Alban ... re-recording mixer
Felicity Cottrell ... foley artist
Paul Davies ... sound designer
Hugh Johnson ... assistant dubbing mixer
Ken Lee ... sound recordist
Mario Mooney ... sound maintenance
Bernard O'Reilly ... foley editor
Jack Stew ... foley artist

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Scott Peters ... special effects technician
Bob Smoke ... special effects

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Alan Church ... effects producer
Sally Clayton ... visual effects artist
Peter Connelly ... visual effects artist
Simon Giles ... visual effects supervisor
David Sewell ... visual effects artist
John Trussler ... visual effects artist
Trevor Young ... film recording
Claire Pollock ... visual effects artist (uncredited)

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Glenn Marks ... stunt coordinator (as Glen Marks)
Rod Woodruff ... stunt coordinator

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Antony Allen ... lighting technician (as Anthony Allen) / second unit gaffer (as Anthony Allen)
Richard Barber ... gaffer
Cameron Barnett ... camera operator: second unit
David Broadfoot ... standby rigger
Jaap Buitendijk ... still photographer
Charlie Hayward ... camera trainee
Rupert Lloyd-Parry ... key grip
Tom McFarling ... second assistant camera
Keith McNamara ... focus puller
Oona Menges ... focus puller: second unit
Athan Osborne ... electrician
Tat Radcliffe ... camera operator: second unit

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Anne-Laure Combris ... casting: France
Jennifer Duffy ... casting assistant

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Jemima Cotter ... costumer
Miles Johnson ... wardrobe supervisor
Maria Liljefors ... additional wardrobe

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Billy Payn ... location manager (as Bill Payn)
Laurent Rizzon ... location manager
Eddie Standish ... location assistant

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Fernando Aponte ... music engineer
Daniel Goddard ... music editor
Goh Hotoda ... music mixer
Jeremy Price ... music editor
Ryuichi Sakamoto ... music performer

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Daniel Farson ... consultant
Luke Forsythe ... floor runner
Laura Goulding ... script supervisor
Sophia Panayiotopoulos ... production assistant
Bella Randall ... production coordinator
Miriam Segal ... script editor
Reuben Segal ... production runner
Trevor Stanley ... production accountant
David Torn ... textures

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Study for a portrait of Francis Bacon. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Love Is the Devil (United Kingdom)
  • Love Is the Devil (France)
  • Ai no akuma (Japan)
  • El amor es el demonio (Spain)
  • Love Is the Devil (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 87 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP46,077, 20 Sep 1998

Did You Know?

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Trivia Several of the extras, including Daniel Farson and Sandy Fawkes, were real-life acquaintances of Francis Bacon. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Beloved/Happiness/Practical Magic/Love Is the Devil/The Cruise (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Time On My Hands See more »
Quotes Francis Bacon: Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends.
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