Bacon role

A vampirick limerick! In which I bemoan the more anemic qualities of Tod Browning’s DRACULA. (Irish connection: Bram Stoker.)

Sunday’s cinematic moment in Dublin was our visit to the Hugh Lane art gallery where Francis Bacon’s studio has been shipped and reconstructed, down to the last paint-soaked and scrunched-up newspaper. Filmically it recalls the biopic LOVE IS THE DEVIL, of course, but there’s also a display of the artist’s movie books, each featuring images he adapted for his work. One shot of Bardot with a young and handsome Jean-Louis Trintignant seemed poignant in the light of J-LT’s recent and very welcome return to the screen. My host Paul saw the new Trintignant movie, Michael “Happy” Haneke’s AMOUR, and dubbed the director “master of the bleeding obvious.” But Paul does enjoy Haneke’s Twitter account.

Dublin City Art Gallery itself is incredibly lovely, considered just as a series of rooms.

Now back to the edit for me, and back to Edinburgh for Fiona.

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5 Responses to “Bacon role”

  1. Trintignant told Amour producer Margaret Menegoz that he couldn’t do the film because he was planning to kill himself. So she told him “Why don’t you do the film and THEN kill yourself?” He did the film and is still with us.

    Despite his fearsome reputation Haneke in person is the gentlest of souls. As Julie Chrisgtie’s Diana Scott in Darling would say “He’s a terrible sweetie.”

    So glad you’ve cited Love is the Devil as it’s Daniel Craig’s best acting work to date. I do hope the zillions lining up for Skyfall will put it on their Netflix queque.

    Bacon too was much nicer in person that his rep would suggest. Back when I worked as a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York he used to drop in a lot. Once when they had a show of his work he ame in early in the morning before the public arrived to look at his paintings. Commune with them as it were, for the look on his face suggested he thought they were by someone else. He would chat me up from time to time and was utterly charming.
    A truly “terrible sweeite.”

  2. I used to be a member of the Colony Rooms, a famous Bacon haunt and one re-created quite beautifully in Love Is the Devil. There I heard many Bacon stories, my favourite being the time he visited the French House pub, flush with casino winnings, and bought several rounds of drinks for the house before throwing handfuls of money to the floor and turning to leave. As soon as his back was turned, the impecunious bohemian clientele dived to retrieve the cash, only to have Bacon roar at them “LEAVE IT! It’s for the cleaners.”

    Needless to say, the cleaners didn’t see a penny of it. But it was a nice gesture.

  3. My late friend Lawrie was in Morocco one time and was rather creeped out by Bacon’s expression as he eyed the local trade, but Lawrie always had an ambivalent attitude to homosexuality: as a film biz type he was more toilerant than most, but I think he didn’t like to see anything up close. “He had the most evil expression I’ve ever seen!”

  4. Lawrie used to drink at the Colony Rooms also, where I think he knew ripperologost and (if memory serves) Bram Stoker descendant Daniel Farson.

  5. Farson is the author of the best book on Bacon.

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