What would you do if a hunky working-class robber broke into your apartment? British painter Francis Bacon ordered such an intruder to strip, and then to intrude further. He and George Dyer, such was the miscreant’s name, became lovers in one of those S and M arrangements that you just know has to end with somebody getting hurt.
In this case, the sadistic one killed himself. The silver lining in the homo storm cloud, though, is that this wholesome tale was made into a BBC movie and is available from Amazon.com. Derek Jacobi plays Francis Bacon, so any way you cut it he is bound to be called “Sir” at some point.
For the ultimate recommendation for this film, Love Is The Devil, we turn to the Show Biz Maven, who says: “Bacon is comfortable in The Colony, his favorite haunt, where there are more social outcasts than in a John Waters movie.” The actor who portrays the very promiscuously gay George Dyer, recently anointed as James Bond, is Daniel Craig. Things that make you go hmmmmm.