Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, the new WOW documentary directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, recently screened at London’s LGBT film festival BFI Flare. See what the press had to say and don’t miss Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures Monday, April 4 at 9PM on HBO.
From The Telegraph:
An unflinching and sometimes graphic account of the life, art and legacy of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, with testimony from those who knew and worked with him.
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Inside Deep Throat) deliver an unflinching film that revels in Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, which still has the power to shock with its fearless depiction of the full spectrum of gay sexual practice, including sadomasochism, fetish and extreme sex.
From Gay Star News:
Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, this is a respectful and thorough telling of Mapplethorpe’s story.
Like every gay man that I know, I’ve always been intrigued and excited by Mapplethorpe’s powerful images, but I’ve never really known that much about the man himself. With extraordinary collaboration from Mapplethorpe’s friends, lovers, family, and models, this documentary presents the artist as talented and determined.
From Gay Times:
We confess to not knowing a great deal about Robert Mapplethorpe and his work, beyond a passing familiarity with some photographs of big black cocks. We’re grateful, then, for this opportunity to learn so much more about the man and his life in an endearingly entertaining documentary that is affectionately directed with wit and whimsy. Packed with first-hand testimony from those who knew and loved him, Look at the Pictures captivates throughout its almost two hour running time and never failed to keep our interest.