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Mmmmmmm … Bacon. Francis Bacon.

A middling science-fiction remake is an unlikely venue for high art, and yet Francis Bacon’s paintings are on such prominent display in RoboCop that something is clearly afoot. Indeed, the movie’s production designer has called Francis Bacon’s Triptych inspired by Oresteia of Aeschylus, with its distorted human forms flowing in and out of floating, grid-like spaces, RoboCop’s “underlying visual metaphor” — heady stuff for a movie that at times is indistinguishable from a first-person-shooter video game. Once thought to be very much of its time, Bacon’s art is proving relevant to ours.