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Mapplethorpe (2018)

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A look at the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.

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Ondi Timoner

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... Robert Mapplethorpe
Marianne Rendón ... Patti Smith
John Benjamin Hickey ... Sam Wagstaff
Brandon Sklenar ... Edward Mapplethorpe
Tina Benko ... Sandy Daley
Mark Moses ... Harry Mapplethorpe
Carolyn McCormick ... Joan Mapplethorpe
Thomas Philip O'Neill ... David Croland
Mickey O'Hagan ... Tina Summerlin
Anthony Michael Lopez ... Jack Fritscher
McKinley Belcher III ... Milton Moore
Brian Stokes Mitchell ... Father Stack
Karlee Perez ... Lisa Lyon
David J. Cork ... The Catch
Kerry Butler ... Holly Solomon
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A look at the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Moment See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,000, 3 March 2019

Gross USA:

$91,002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,002
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1.85 : 1
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Zosia Mamet was originally cast to play Patti Smith. See more »

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References Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

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Castles Made of Man
Performed by Bent Wind
Written by Martin Lloyd Rosenthal
Courtesy of Trend Records
By arrangement with Fervor Records
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Deeply moving bio of a beautifully tragic life
28 June 2019 | by dscharffSee all my reviews

The combination of Matt Smith's acting and Ondi Timoner's direction is really something to savor. You would never imagine Matt in a role like this, and his immersion in Mapplethorpe's identity is increasingly riveting to watch as the film progresses. Mapplethorpe never became comfortable, tame or mellow in his life, and the tension Smith builds captures that restlessness.

Timoner's career of genre-defining documentaries about troubled men and their art make her the perfect director to create a scripted biography of an artist like Mapplethorpe. She understands the power of lived moments that can visually capture a person's inner life. There are times when Smith and Timoner create such a convincing palette of raw and real emotions and interactions that the doc/biopic line blurred.

What really struck me though was the way the film/acting/direction deepened as I watched it. I got more and more hooked in. Mapplethorpe was never in the habit of making people feel comfortable, and that confrontational character trait becomes more and more palpable...even transferring off the screen and into the room (saw it at home).

By the end of the film I was transfixed. His death was beautiful...something very hard to do in a film - and something impossible to accomplish in a documentary. I've seen the documentaries about him. They are powerful and inspiring, but also very challenging and tragic. Seeing this film was something very different. It was beautiful, poignant and poetic.


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