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Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist jean-michel basquiat.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40170151
UPC 786936166699
UPC 14 00786936166699
Format DVD
Release Date 9/3/2002
Rating Rating
Big City
Character Study
Personal Triumph
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note An insider's look at the kinetic New York art world, told through the life story of Jean-Michel Basquiat. A black, 19-year-old graffiti artist who catapulted to superstardom with his controversial paintings, Basquiat rubbed elbows with the likes of Andy Warhol and Julian Schnabel before burning out permanently at the age of 27. Schnabel, himself a celebrated figure in the art world, makes his directing debut.
Plot Summary
Summary At age 19, Jean Michel Basquiat was a poor, struggling graffiti artist. Eight years later, he was one of the most famous, acclaimed painters in the world -- and dead of a heroin overdose.| "Basquiat" details the tumultuous years in between, concentrating on his meteoric rise within Soho's trendy art world. The charismatic but self-destructive Basquiat had his share of personal demons, including his mother's mental illness, and his hatred of middle-class society... which courted and exploited him. The young artist's heroin addiction eventually led to his death, extinguishing a great talent in the process.
Rolling Stone "...Schnabel's exceptional film honors his friend by showing the act of creation as a natural high..." 08/22/1996 p.105
USA Today "...A surprisingly voluminous cast of usual suspects from the world of independent cinema..." 08/14/1996 p.9D
Entertainment Weekly "...Fascinating....[Wright] gives a vivid, near-poetic performance..." -- Rating: B 08/16/1996 p.46
Variety "...An illustrious cast of terrific actors that includes Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper and, probably best of all, David Bowie in a brilliant Warhol impersonation..." 08/05/1996
Sight and Sound "...As much an evocative thesis on creativity as a sensitive biography of a single artist....This is a bold, often beautiful film..." 04/01/1997 p.35-6
Julian Schnabel
Claire Forlani
Benicio Del Toro
Jeffrey Wright
Cast & Crew
Benicio Del Toro - Actor
Christopher Walken - Actor
Claire Forlani - Actor
Courtney Love - Actor
David Bowie - Actor
Dennis Hopper - Actor
Gary Oldman - Actor
Jeffrey Wright - Actor
Michael Badalucco - Actor
Parker Posey - Actor
Tatum O'Neal - Actor
Willem Dafoe - Actor
Julian Schnabel - Director
Ron Fortunato - Director of Photography
MIchael Berenbaum - Editor
Michiyo Yoshizaki - Executive Producer
Peter Brant - Executive Producer
Joseph Allen - Executive Producer
Julian Schnabel - Musical Score
John Cale - Musical Score
Jon Kilik - Producer
Randy Ostrow - Producer
Sigurion Sighvatsson - Producer
Lech Majewski - Writer
Julian Schnabel - Writer
John F. Bowe - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 24181
UPC 00786936166699
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Independent Spirit (1997) Benicio Del Toro, Winner, Best Supporting Male,Jeffrey Wright, Nominee, Best Debut Performance
Venice Film Festival (1996) Julian Schnabel, Nominee, Golden Lion
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review ...Basquiat is told by a genuine insider who not only understands the artist's process but actually knew his subject.
Reviewer Edward Guthmann
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, French, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Bowie,David
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Joseph McBride, Box Office Magazine ...canny insider's portrait of the art world...
Janet Maslin, The New York Times ...bold, attention-getting...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Jeffrey Wright is magnetic and moving...
Tom Coates, BBCi There's much worthy of celebrating about Basquiat...

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