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In 1981, a nineteen-year-old unknown graffiti writer took the New York art world by storm. The rest is art history.
|Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist jean-michel basquiat.|
"...bold, attention-getting... Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Jeffrey Wright is magnetic and moving... Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"There's much worthy of celebrating about Basquiat... Tom Coates, BBCi
Editor's NoteAn 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.
Cast & Crew
|Benicio Del Toro|
|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|
Plot SummaryAt 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.
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|