Basquiat

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Released 1996

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Director:
Julian Schnabel
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
Basquiat is a documentary by Tamra Davis. The film is a close look into the personal life of Jean-Michael Basquiat, a famous graffiti artist. He was born in New York City in 1960. At 18 he was living on the streets, homeless. Samo was his style of graffiti tag. In 1981 he put his work on canvas for the first time. He was famous by 1983 and good friends with Andy Warhol. At the young age of 25, Jean-Michael dies of a heroin overdose. He went on to produce many pieces of great art, today his work sells for millions of dollars. Not only does this movie show Basquiat as the charismatic and troubled man that he was, it gives insight into the mysteries that accompanied Basquiat's life. The movie also includes interviews from some well-known people such as: Fab 5 Freddy, Maripol, Larry Gagosian, Tony Shafrazi, Jeffrey Deitch, Kai Eric, Nicholas Taylor, Fred Hoffmann, Bruno Bischofberger, Michael Holman, Diego Cortez, Annina Nosei, Suzanne Mallouk, Rene Ricard, Julian Schnabel and others.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    As writer and director, Schnabel should be commended for avoiding Hollywood's biopic cliches about artists, as Basquiat's meteoric rise to fame and tragic death at the age of 27 wo...

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    But the film's central figure remains a cipher, the subject of a colorful scrapbook rather than a revealing portrait.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A paint-by-numbers version of an artist's life, Basquiat is amusing for all the wrong reasons, especially at those horrible moments when you realize you're supposed to be taking it...

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