Mapplethorpe

Nominee
Audience Award ~ Narrative Feature
Tribeca Film Festival
Nominee
Best Narrative Feature
Tribeca Film Festival
[D]irector Ondi Timoner...has crafted a stylish, evocative, absorbing snapshot of creative expression, artistic ambition, sexuality and eroticism.

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Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film explores Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea Hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground. Mapplethorpe’s work displayed eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public. The film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality along with his struggle for mainstream recognition. MAPPLETHORPE offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.

Genre
Drama, Bio-pic, LGBT, Art & Artists
Runtime
102
Language
English
Director
Ondi Timoner
Producer
Eliza Dushku, Ondi Timoner, Nate Dushku, Richard J Bosner, Peter Palandjian, Sam Maydew
Writer(s)
Ondi Timoner, Mikko Alanne
Cast
Matt Smith, Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey, Mark Moses, Carolyn McCormick, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kerry Butler
Awards:
Nominee, Audience Award ~ Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
Nominee, Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Dan Callahan, The Wrap

The major thing that “Mapplethorpe” has in its favor is that the film is afraid of neither the life nor the work of the notorious photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Documentary director Ondi Timoner (“We Live in Public”), making her narrative debut, has ensured that this movie acknowledges the many ...

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