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Basquiat (1996)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40170151
UPC: 786936166699
UPC 14: 00786936166699
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"...canny insider's portrait of the art world...  Joseph McBride, Box Office Magazine
"...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 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.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, French, Dubbed

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/3/2002
Video Play Time Running Time: 106 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 24181
Video UPC UPC: 00786936166699
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Benicio Del Toro
Video Cast Info Christopher Walken
Video Cast Info Claire Forlani
Video Cast Info Courtney Love
Video Cast Info David Bowie
Video Cast Info Dennis Hopper
Video Cast Info Gary Oldman
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Wright
Video Cast Info Michael Badalucco
Video Cast Info Parker Posey
Video Cast Info Tatum O'Neal
Video Cast Info Willem Dafoe
Video Cast Info Julian Schnabel - Director
Video Cast Info Ron Fortunato - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info MIchael Berenbaum - Editor
Video Cast Info Michiyo Yoshizaki - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Peter Brant - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Joseph Allen - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Julian Schnabel - Musical Score
Video Cast Info John Cale - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jon Kilik - Producer
Video Cast Info Randy Ostrow - Producer
Video Cast Info Sigurion Sighvatsson - Producer
Video Cast Info Lech Majewski - Writer
Video Cast Info Julian Schnabel - Writer
Video Cast Info John F. Bowe - Writer
Plot 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.


Independent Spirit (1997)
Video Award Name Benicio Del Toro, Winner, Best Supporting Male
   Video Award Name Jeffrey Wright, Nominee, Best Debut Performance

Venice Film Festival (1996)
   Video Award Name Julian Schnabel, Nominee, Golden Lion

Professional Reviews

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

"...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

San Francisco Chronicle 8 of 10
...Basquiat is told by a genuine insider who not only understands the artist's process but actually knew his subject. - Edward Guthmann

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Bowie,David
Product attributeLabel:   Buena Vista Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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