‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’

46240A no holes barred look at the life and work of controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe, from childhood to a tragic early death from AIDS at the age of 42.

His imagery is as much iconic as it is provocative, his focus, ambition and determination as an artist unwavering.  Interestingly, Mapplethorpe became interested in photography almost be default.

Like so many biographical documentaries, directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Inside Deep Throat) try to cover too much and, surprisingly considering the subject, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is a remarkably straight-laced film. But it still provides a candid insight into the man and his time, with interviews with the likes of Debbie Harry, Fran Leibowitz, Brook Shields as well as former lovers and family members.

Rating: 68%

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