One of those weird films about a weird talent, 1996's Basquiat is an odd but intriguing biopic of renowned painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Directed by renowned painter Julian Schnabel, it's filled with the likes of Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman and Benicio Del Toro. Needless to say, the making of this film might have been more interesting than the final product, but it gets mad props for the simple act of casting David Bowie as Andy Warhol. That's nearly as good as casting Bowie as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige, or, well, casting Bowie in anything.
Basquiat himself is played by the great Jeffrey Wright, who enlivens whatever he's in, and Schnabel himself appears in the film, as does much of his art, which was a major criticism levied against the film (along with a bit involving a surfer in the sky that just comes off as ridiculous). Incidentally, one of Basquiat's paintings is about to be auctioned off in New York and is expected to bring in as much as $20 million. He could have used that when he was alive, huh? The 7 p.m. free screening is presented in conjunction with the Nasher's exhibit of the art collection of Duke alumnus Jason Rubell. —Zack Smith