DVD - 2002
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The story of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a young black graffiti artist in the United States who achieved fame and fortune. He rises to the heights of the New York art world, but pays for his success with the loss of friendship, love, and eventually, his life.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2002], c1996
Edition: Widescreen format
ISBN: 9780788832055
Call Number: DVD F BASQ
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 16, 2014

Easily and by a wide margin the best of Julian Schnabel's work as a movie director. Low-key yet haunting portrait of an outsider who made it big in the New York art world, yet was so lacking in inner resources that his fame achieved the opposite of keeping him afloat. There's a brief, almost subliminal glimpse of a man and his daughter dancing around, goofing off, as "The Nearness of You" spins on the soundtrack. A friend of mine and I asked each other: Why is this bit in the movie? And as soon as we asked the question aloud, we knew the answer: it serves as visual shorthand for all the things Basquiat didn't have and never in his short life would have. The movie is poignant while sidestepping sentimentality. Well acted by entire cast (with the possible exception of Parker Posey, typically overblown, as the gallery owner Mary Boone, but she isn't around much).

oO_Oo Jul 17, 2013

Sadly, the Northbrook Public Library purchased the wrong Basquiat film. The right one is "Basquiat: The Radiant Child" (2010). This one is just a long, boring display of debauchery and ennui, made even more painful with the bonuses of terrible acting, lousy dialog and inattention to detail. It looks like a SAIC senior project.

At the end of this movie, I felt like I had thoroughly and wastefully squandered almost two hours of my life. Gone forever. You were warned.

nycscribe Oct 19, 2011

This film is shot by the artist's friend over the course of a few years and chronicles his rise to fame. It accurately portrays the excess of the 80s and the social scene then. I haven't seen any other documentaries or shows on Basquiat yet, so I found this bio informative.

EuSei Jul 04, 2011

If you want to enjoy the world of ultra-liberal, drug-using, navel-gazing people, this is the movie for you. Otherwise, skip it.

Nov 13, 2007

Excellent bio-pic of a fascinating subject: New York graffiti / Neo-Expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (b. 1960), who died prematurely of his own drug excesses. Especially don't miss it if you're interested in modern art. Sadly, the film isn't yet available in OPL's collection.


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