On March 1st, Samuel Goldwyn Films presented Mapplethorpe written by Ondi Timoner and Mikko Alanne. Also, directed by Ondi Timoner. The film stars Matt Smith, Marianna Rendon, John Benjamin Hickey, Mark Moses, Carolyn McCormick, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Kerry Butler.
The film goes into a story about Robert Mapplethorpe. He is debatably one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both expressively and erotically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film portrays Mapplethorpe’s life from times before he and Patti Smith moved into the well known Chelsea hotel. He begins photographing his new found friends such as artists and musicians as well as the occupants of the hotel. His work exhibited eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public eye. Mapplethorpe offers a refined portrait of an artist at the peak of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threatened to undermine it all.