[D]irector Ondi Timoner...has crafted a stylish, evocative, absorbing snapshot of creative expression, artistic ambition, sexuality and eroticism.
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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.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 3.08.19 - 3.14.19
Playhouse 7, 3.08.19 - 3.14.19
NoHo 7, 3.08.19 - 3.14.19
Glendale, 3.08.19 - 3.14.19
Rated NR
Runtime: 102 min
Language: English
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 ens...