Preview, “Mapplethorpe” turns Matt Smith into “the shy pornographer” who inflamed the Culture Wars

Documentary director turned feature filmmaker Ondi Timoner (“Dig!”) directed this controversial bio-pic about the controversial photographer who created controversy wherever he went in the ’80s — especially Cincinnati.

It stars former Doctor Who (Matt Smith) in the title role, with Marianne Rendón as his lover, muse and foil Patti Smith. Robert Mapplethorpe specialized in homoerotic art, documenting the dark leather-laced gay life of NYC of the ’60s and 70s before emerging as a major figure and lightning rod in the late 70s and early 80s.

Samuel Goldwyn picked it up, and now that it’s finished its year in festivals, everybody can see it. “Mapplethorpe” is coming soon.

 

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