Robert Mapplethorpe was among the most consequential and controversial artists of the 20th Century. This Director’s Cut offers previously unseen footage, exploring his childhood love of photography and embattled relationship with his father and the Catholic church, as well as an originally composed score and an all-new soundtrack.
Very entertaining movie that gives you an in-depth look into the complete history of Mapplethorpe’s life. Matt Smith gives an excellent performance as Robert Mapplethorpe.
The graphic details of some of Mapplethorpe’s most memorable work are on full display throughout the movie.
The soundtrack is spot-on as it takes you back through the years with some great tunes. I found myself sitting through the ending credits (which I usually don’t) just to listen to the music.
I highly recommend this movie!
The film follows Robert’s important love affair with Patti Smith and pivotal romance with powerhouse art collector, Sam Wagstaff. Through never-before-seen footage, we see Mapplethorpe’s development of a precise, erotically charged photographic style — as well as his struggle to attain mainstream recognition up to picturing his untimely death from AIDS. Mapplethorpe The Director’s Cut, offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft, along with the self-destructive impulses that threatened to undermine it all.