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Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:102 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ondi Timoner
Cast:Matt Smith
Marianne Rendon
Mark Moses


“Mapplethorpe” is an intimate portrait of the celebrated yet controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (Matt Smith) whose relationship with Patti Smith and other icons of ‘70s New York influenced his ambitious photos while he explored his emerging sexuality.

Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film explores Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground Mapplethorpe’s work displayed eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public.

The film examines the intersection of his art and his sexuality along with his struggle for mainstream recognition. “Mapplethorpe” offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all.

Warning: Sexually explicit material in the film.