Mapplethorpe | Inside Out More Play
March 14, 2019 | 7:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West
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Inside Out's More Play Series returns with the Canadian Premiere of Mapplethorpe, filmmaker Ondi Timoner's biopic of the provocative and legendary photographer.
Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe (Matt Smith) discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. After moving into the Chelsea Hotel with Patti Smith (Marianne Rendón), Mapplethorpe 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, exploring 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. Mapplethorpe is an electrifying and chronological look at the influences and practices that captured male homo-erotic desire so poignantly in the face of the devastating toll of the AIDS crisis.
Screening co-presented by:
CONTACT Photography Festival