Basquiat (1996)

Jeffrey Wright is a fantastic actor and he holds up this fascinating film about 80's artist Jean Michel Basquiat.

Bordering on homelessness in NYC, a drug dependent Basquiat makes a name for himself through graffiti. He boldly enters the art scene by presenting himself to Andy Warhol and procuring a devoted agent. From rags to riches over night, he struggles to control his bad habits and maintain fame without bowing to it.

The film is director Julian Schnabel's first before making Before Night Falls and one of my all-time favorites, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Aside from all of these films being biographical, he brings a beautiful sense of the imagination and cinema clothing his subjects with a sense of self without giving over to straight narration.


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