DEREK JACOBI gives a ferocious performance as Francis Bacon in Love is the Devil, the first feature from the experimental film-maker John Maybury. The picture focuses on the artist's love-affair with the East End hard-man George Dyer (Daniel Craig, left). Through this relationship, issues of power and control, sadism and masochism (by which the artist's social, as well as sexual, life was characterised) are explored. Being denied the use of Bacon's art has forced Maybury to be resourceful, and among the film's many technical accomplishments are the grotesque visual compositions which transform simple images into thrashing flesh-storms which strongly evoke the artist's work.
On general release
Screened tonight as part of a season devoted to the late Cubby Broccoli, producer of the James Bond films, Goldfinger is such a leisurely, almost lethargic, thriller that it feels like an antidote to the relentless assault on the senses dished up by modern equivalents.
National Film Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 (0171-928 3232) 8.45pm