Basquiat (film)

Basquiat is a 1996 American biographical drama film directed, co-written and co-composed by Julian Schnabel in his feature directorial debut. The film is based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. It is the first film about an American painter written and directed by another artist.[3]

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Directed byJulian Schnabel
Screenplay byJulian Schnabel
Story by
Produced by
CinematographyRon Fortunato
Edited byMichael Berenbaum
Music by
Eleventh Street Productions
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • August 9, 1996 (1996-08-09)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • Spanish
Budget$3.3 million
Box office$3 million[2]

Jeffrey Wright portrays Basquiat, a Brooklyn-born artist who used his graffiti roots as a foundation to create collage-style paintings on canvas. David Bowie plays Basquiat's friend and mentor, pop artist Andy Warhol. Additional cast members include Gary Oldman as a thinly disguised Schnabel, Michael Wincott as the poet and art critic Rene Ricard, Dennis Hopper as Bruno Bischofberger, Parker Posey as gallery owner Mary Boone, Christopher Walken as a devious, intrusive journalist, Willem Dafoe as a supportive artist who’s making ends meet as an electrician, and Claire Forlani, Courtney Love, Tatum O'Neal, and Benicio del Toro in supporting roles as "composite characters".

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