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Mapplethorpe The Director's Cut (Audio)

By Charlotte Robinson, April 05, 2021

This week I talked with filmmaker Ondi Timoner about the recently released “Mapplethorpe, The Director's Cut” featuring an all-new soundtrack, previously unseen footage & also addresses Robert Mapplethorpe’s important relationship with Patti Smith & his subsequent pivotal romance with powerhouse art collector Sam Wagstaff. The film stars Matt Smith in the title role, best known as Prince Philip in the Netflix series “The Crown.” The stellar cast includes Marianne Rendón as Patti Smith & John Benjamin Hickey as Sam Wagstaff. LGBTQ Icon & photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most important & controversial artists of the 20th Century living his life boldly & authentically until his untimely death 1989 at age of 42 due to complications from HIV/AIDS. Mapplethorpe’s most controversial works documented & examined the gay male BDSM subculture of New York City in the late 1960s & early 1970s. His historic & provocative 1989 exhibition entitled “Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment” generated controversy & even sparked a Congressional debate when Senator Jesse Helms introduced legislation attempting to stop the National Endowment for the Arts from funding artwork he considered “obscene.” Though Helms’ extreme measures did not pass, a compromise was reached in Congress placing restrictions on NEA funding procedures that’s still in effect today. “Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut” also includes restored scenes depicting Mapplethorpe’s childhood love of photography, his embattled relationship with his father & his lingering ambivalent connection to the Catholic faith. This must-see biopic is now available on Hulu, Amazon & various digital platforms. I talked to Ondi about her inspiration for creating “Mapplethorpe, The Director's Cut” & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN:  

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