Julian SchnabelUSA108 minutes1996ColourEnglish Spanish
View Basquiat during the Curtis Talwst Santiago on Basquiat event.
Who better to transcribe the agony and ecstasy of a painter's life than another painter, and an acquaintance of the subject to boot? Directed by superstar neo-expressionist painter Julian Schnabel, Basquiat vividly chronicles New York's art world in the 1980s, as the eponymous genius (played by Jeffrey Wright) rises from destitution, living in a cardboard box in the park, to the heights of artistic accomplishment and critical acclaim, all the while suffering from pervasive racism and drug addiction. "The casting really makes it sing, from the inspired choice of David Bowie to play Andy Warhol, to a number of ringers amongst the ensemble including Gary Oldman, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Hopper, Courtney Love, Parker Posey, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Walken and more. But at the centre of it all is Jeffrey Wright, who gives a pretty blazing turn as the artist himself, in a role that put him on the map" (Indiewire).