‘Mapplethorpe’ and the art of life in death

Robert Mapplethorpe wanted the world to view what it considered “obscene” — leather-clad men with exposed genitals, real skulls and crossbones, still lifes of flowers with daggers — as beautiful. And there was no way he was going to accept that his photographs of those subjects didn’t belong alongside a Rodin.

“Mapplethorpe,” the first narrative film written, directed and produced by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner (“Dig!”; “We Live in Public”), chronicles the life of the controversial art photographer and stars Matt Smith, aka Doctor Who, as the man himself. It’s the Closing Night Film at the Provincetown International Film Festival, and Timoner will be there on Sunday when it screens at Town Hall. READ MORE ON WICKED LOCAL PROVINCETOWN.