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(B, LLL, V, S, N, A, D, M) Mild morality tale about the corruption of vanity and the recognition that art is a gift from God; 32 obscenities & 2 profanities; brief violent scene where man is beat up; implied fornication; upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking & depicted cocaine use; and, defacing public property
BASQUIAT is an intimate, fond look at one artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, from another artist, director Julian Schnabel . Documenting the rise and fall of the premier black artist and friend of Andy Warhol, it is a sometime unpleasant but affectionate examination of the vanity of the art world. As a 20-year-old, Jean-Michael is far from a royal ambassador of art. He lives in a cardboard box in a city park in New York City and takes drugs with a few friends. He gets a break when he is able to sell a few paintings to Andy Warhol. Soon, he gets an offer of some start up money, a loft and a promise of a show at a very swank gallery. Jean-Michel produces some revered works of art and receives lucrative offers. Yet, after Warhol dies, Jean-Michel cannot stand the pressure of success.
In many ways like the fashion industry, the art world is captivated by the external and material. This movie functions as a tragedy of a man who could not manage his own success and didn’t have a source of moral strength, despite the recognition that his talent was a gift from God. This movie contains implied fornication, depicted drug use and extensive obscenity use.