Matt Smith as the Photographer in First Full Trailer for 'Mapplethorpe'

December 13, 2018
Source: YouTube

Mapplethorpe Trailer

"Even that which we deem obscene, you make look more beautiful than I thought possible." Indeed. Samuel Goldwyn Films has unveiled the first official trailer for Mapplethorpe, the new feature film about famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and played at a few other fests and is opening in US theaters next March. Mapplethorpe is a renowned photographer who was also feted with a fantastic documentary a few years back, titled Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. The narrative film went under the working titled The Perfect Moment, before they settled on simply Mapplethorpe. It's a look at the life of the gay photographer from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death from AIDS in 1989. Matt Smith stars as Robert, along with Marianne Rendón, John Benjamin Hickey, Brandon Sklenar, McKinley Belcher III, and Mark Moses. I'm a very big fan of Mapplethorpe, but unfortunately this doesn't look as good as I was hoping. I'll definitely still be watching it.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Ondi Timoner's Mapplethorpe, direct from YouTube:

Mapplethorpe Poster

Mapplethorpe revisits the titular photographer's legacy, beginning at the moment just before he takes up residence in the Chelsea Hotel. There, Mapplethorpe begins to amass a portfolio of images—and, at the same time, to explore his formerly supressed attraction to men. But Mapplethorpe's relentless ambition—as he says in one early scene, "I can't just be Mapplethorpe the photographer," fancying himself a "modern Michelangelo"—threatens to tear apart the relationships he cherishes the most. From the early ’70s until his untimely death at age 42, the film explores the intersection of his art and his sexuality, his struggle for mainstream recognition, and, looming above it all, the specter of the emerging AIDS crisis. Mapplethorpe is directed by American filmmaker Ondi Timoner, making her narrative debut after directing the docs Dig!, Join Us, We Live in Public, Cool It, and Brand: A Second Coming previously. The screenplay is by Ondi Timoner and Mikko Alanne, based on the original screenplay by Bruce Goodrich. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and also played at the Provincetown, Warsaw, and Stockholm Film Festivals. Samuel Goldwyn will open Timonor's Mapplethorpe in select theaters starting March 1st, 2019.

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There's no doubt Mapplethorpe was a gifted photographer as evidenced by some of his great black and white photos of different flowers, etc. However, subject matter is important and photos of him with the handle of a whip stuck up his rear end didn't do much for me....and all the other photos of black men with huge dicks and the whole S&M black leather gay thing also didn't do much for me. Like I said, subject matter is important and even if it's well done, well lit, etc. if the subjects are of no interest then..... I saw the earlier doc film about him and liked it. I admired his courage to photograph what he liked and presented as he sure wasn't run-of-the I have to say I prefer Ansel Adams....subject matter...important...

thespiritbo on Dec 13, 2018


There's a fine line between art and porn....and a lot of times that line seems to be blurred. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess. It's why art/photography/film never ceases to be fascinating. Again, is this dramatic account wholly representative of the artist? Or is it more glamorized for sake of Hollywood? I'm guessing the latter...

THE_RAW_ on Dec 14, 2018


Sweet cod piece, bro.

DAVIDPD on Dec 14, 2018


I could watch just to remember more of him. His work might not be appealing to all, but it's still fascinating ...

shiboleth on Dec 14, 2018

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