Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel

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Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel
Sep 4, 2007, 04:50


BASQUIAT directed by Julian Schnabel; Miramax Films, 1996

Another instance of style over substance and potential gone to waste; Basquiat is lovely to look at and the cast is over-flowing with talent from Dennis Hopper to Christopher Walken to Jeffrey Wright, who portrays the title character, Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Basquiat is full of references to the vicious NY artworld of the '80s, the price of fame and the perils of drug use. It's a tired old story and there is really nothing in this version that makes you connect to it any differently than you did the first hundred times you heard it told—despite the fact that this time it's a true story and writer/director Schnabel was a friend of Basquiat's.

The highlights of the movie are the presentation of Basquiat's works and the video work which accompanies many of the scenes. Oh, and the weird lighting on Courtney Love's face which, in her walk-on scene, makes her look unmistakably hirsute.

-C. Jaeger

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