Basquiat | Denver Film Society | Julian Schnabel | USA


Julian Schnabel

USA1996106 min


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One Night Only! April 13th at 7pm.
On 35mm film!

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a shooting star of New York's Eighties art scene, a 19-year-old black graffiti artist who shot to fame in 1981, hung out with Andy Warhol, dated Madonna and died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. Taking the art of the streets into the chichi galleries of New York's SoHo, he painted with anarchic energy and playful irony on walls, doors, furniture and, when the mood took him, canvases. Jeffrey Wright gives a charismatic performance as Basquiat and the film sparkles with offbeat cameos from the likes of Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman and David Bowie, who dons Andy Warhol's trademark sunglasses and silver wig and gives a good impersonation of the artist's deadpan, bland monotone.

Following the screening stick around for a discussion with Michael Holman, screenwriter of Basquiat, Nora Burnett Abrams and Dean Sobel, Director of the Clyfford Still Museum.