“My mom told me this story – or was it a dream?”
It makes sense that it might take another painter to make a masterly, even painterly film about a painter. In both of these scenes from the 1996 film, director Julian Schnabel conveys an idiosyncratic ingenuousness in Jeffrey Wright‘s Jean-Michel Basquiat that mixes with his world waryness. In the first scene Michael Wincott plays Rene Ricard. In the second scene, Benicio Del Toro plays the composite character Benny Dalmau.
- Movie Review | ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child’: Tamra Davis’s Portrait of Elusive Artist at Film Forum (movies.nytimes.com)
- Basquiat’s first European retrospective, at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. (slate.com)
- Asked & Answered | Tamra Davis (tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Film: Review: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (avclub.com)
- Basquiat Beat Bop (wiretotheear.com)
- Rene Ricard Print Goes On Sale Monday at Exhibition A (luxist.com)
2 thoughts on “CineFile – Basquiat”
Naturally, I like this, because of featured action of painting. But the writing is soooo tight too. Very fine, Dear One. “You’re the news and I want the scoop.” It is almost too corn-ball and such a “line” to be in such an edgy work…and edgy is already a cliche, so there I go too. Love this, thank you,
Diane – and Jeffrey Wright’s acting is so refined. I tried, too, to find one of the scenes in which a surfer rides a wave in the sky above the city. It’s in in the trailer, but I didn’t want to use the trailer.