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Film Season: Basquiat - Directed by Julian Schnabel
St Ives Arts Club, Westcott's Quay, St Ives, TR26 2DY
Date: Wednesday 20th September 2017
Documentary drama directed by Julian Schnabel.
Starring Jeffrey Wright, Benicio Del Toro and David Bowie. (1996)
Directed and co-written by Julian Schnabel, an artist himself who knew Jean-Michel Basquiat.
This film captures Basquiat's meteoric rise to fame, from living in a cardboard box, decorating New York streets with memorable cryptic graffiti, to selling his neo-expressionistic art to the highest bidder, all before his untimely death aged 27.
The film depicts early 1980s New York street life, introducing us to wheelers, dealers, junkies and artists, as well as the parallel world of gallery owners, critics and art dealers, who quickly make Basquiat their latest prize.
The drama plays out like a collection of memories and happenings in Basquiat's life as told by friends and people who knew him.
It's a real ‘art film’, full of artists, art, colour, fun and surreal moments, but we also see the darker side of the commercial art world: greed, mistrust, drug use and disappointment.
Jeffrey Wright is cast as Basquiat and gives a remarkable performance, while David Bowie portrays Andy Warhol with wit and warmth!
With a great cast, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman and many more, plus a bopping soundtrack, this really is a must see.
Buy all 5 tickets and get the 5th film for £2. We will reimburse you £3:50 when you come and see the 5th film, Ingrid Bergman: In her Own Words.
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