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Raising the Devil

Listening to cinematographer John Mathieson describe the images in Love Is the Devil can be a truly visceral experience. Colors are "liver red" or "piss yellow" or "a bleached-bone color of white;" light is "nicotine-stained;" to sum up, "there's a layer of scum or filth across everything." But none of this is beside the point of the film's subject, British painter Sir Francis Bacon, who, as Mathieson reminds one, "loved his offal and his meat and his dead stuff."

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