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Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Genre: Documentary Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato Cast: Robert Mapplethorpe, Debbie Harry, Fran Lebowitz, Brooke Shields Writers: Rating: tbc Run Time: 108 min

Synopsis

The first definitive feature length portrait of the controversial artist since his untimely death in 1989. A catalyst and an illuminator, but also a magnet for scandal, Robert Mapplethorpe had but one goal: to 'make it' as an artist and as an art celebrity. He could not have picked a better time: the Manhattan of Warhol's Factory, unveils his subjects: flowers, portraits and nudes. Mapplethorpe quickly gains notoriety through his explicitly sexual photographs from the gay sadomasochistic scene as well as nude pictures of black men. Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato were given unrestricted access to Mapplethorpe's archives for their documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, in which this exceptional artist talks candidly about himself in recently discovered interviews. At the same time, the testimonials of friends, lovers, family members, celebrities and models help paint an intimate, yet critical picture of this complex key figure of 20th century photography.

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