Love Is The Devil

on October 07, 1998 by Cathy Thompson-Georges
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   John Maybury has set out to make a film which looks like a Francis Bacon painting brought to life, and he has succeeded. Where the movie fails, however, is in giving us any insight into the painter's genius, or into the reasons for his destructive life.
   Derek Jacobi, looking uncannily like Bacon, gives an impressive portrayal of the artist, holding court among a coterie of bitchy friends or peremptorily ordering a befuddled burglar (Daniel Craig) into his bedroom. The burglar, a decent-enough sort named George, soon finds himself sucked into a poisonous world of drugs and debauchery.
   "Love is the Devil" presents a relationship in which a masochist dominates and destroys his chosen sadist. But this twist is not nearly so novel as Maybury thinks and is not enough to sustain an hour and a half of unpleasantness.    Starring Derek Jacobi and Daniel Crag. Directed and written by John Maybury. Produced by Chiara Menage. A Strand release. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 91 min.
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