Filmmaker Ondi Timoner complete version of her biopic about artist Robert Mapplethorpe is finally available! MAPPLETHORPE, THE DIRECTOR’S CUT is the full film that Ondi envisioned and gives the whole story behind the infamous artist. Ondi chatted with Selig Film News about what was restored in the film, the full new soundtrack, and so much more!
Mapplethorpe, The Director’s Cut, offers restored scenes depicting Mapplethorpe’s childhood love of photography, his embattled relationship with his father, and his lingering, ambivalent connection to the Catholic faith. The film follows Robert’s important love affair with Patti Smith and his subsequent, pivotal romance with powerhouse art collector Sam Wagstaff. We see Mapplethorpe’s development of a precise, erotically-charged photographic style, along with his ultimately successful struggle to attain mainstream recognition—a status interrupted, although barely halted, by his untimely death from AIDS.
Ondi and I were able to dive into everything about MAPPLETHORPE, THE DIRECTOR’S CUT. We also went deeper into her career by discussing her storied filmography and she even shared what to expect from her in the near future. It was a real pleasure to once again chat with the visionary filmmaker.
For more information about the film – MAPPLETHORPE.