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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Everett Sloane, Anthony Quinn
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 31 2005
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA4HY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,886 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Lust For Life (DVD)


Lust for Life is appropriately titled, for mere passion seems inadequate when describing this superb fictionalized biography (based on Irving Stone's popular novel) of Vincent Van Gogh. In a deservedly Oscar®- nominated performance, Kirk Douglas is physically and emotionally perfect as the tormented Dutch painter, whose life is chronicled from his ill-fated stint as a preacher to Belgian miners in 1878, to his Impressionist-inspired artistic awakening and psychological descent to suicide in 1890. Having triumphed with 1952's The Bad and the Beautiful, Douglas, producer John Houseman, and director Vincente Minnelli brought vigor and vitality to this blessed project, which centers on Van Gogh's stormy friendship with fellow artist Gaugin (Oscar-winner Anthony Quinn). Minnelli used an outmoded color film process and innovative camera techniques to vividly recreate Van Gogh's paintings, and he filmed on the actual Dutch and French locations where Van Gogh's mastery flourished. The artist's lust for life also fed his madness, and this film deeply understands the fine line in between. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Brooks on April 1 1999
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Many people consider this to be the standard when it comes to retelling the tragic story of Vincent van Gogh's life.
The film is very good and there's no question that director Vincente Minnelli put a tremendous amount of work into bringing Van Gogh to the screen. The sets and costumes are wonderful.
I suppose that my main criticism of the film is that its "heart" seems to be more firmly set in 1950's Hollywood than in 1880's Europe. In other words, the film has a very constructed, American flavour to it. This is most glaring when many of the scenes shift from Kirk Douglas on the screen (clearly American) to a narrative reading of his letters to his brother, Theo (read by a British narrator)--very jarring. Kirk's performance, though very good, never quite "clinches" the role--he remains a very good actor on a very pretty set.
But certainly I would recommend this film to anyone with an interest in Van Gogh--not a perfect movie by any means, but there are moments that are quite remarkable.
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With an uncanny resemblance to the self-portraits of Vincent Van Gogh, Kirk Douglas is perfect for this detailed and wonderful production of the artist's life; it's a passionate performance of a troubled soul, whose creative urges battled with his mental illness.
The film has an intelligent script by Norman Corwin, based on Irving Stone's biographical novel. It picks up the story around 1879, when Van Gogh was 26 years old, and went to minister (unsuccessfully) to the coal miners of a destitute area, and from there takes us through his many different abodes, his relationship with "Christine", who is well played by Pamela Brown, and the flourishing of his art in his last 15 years of life.
The art direction is superb, and the recreations of the places Van Gogh painted a marvel, among them the famous yellow house he lived in and its bedroom, and my favorite, the pool hall, with its hanging lamps.
The cinematography by Freddy Young and Russell Harlan is terrific, and we get many full screen views of the original paintings, many of them lesser known pieces from private collections.
This was a multi-award winning film, and garnered an Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Anthony Quinn, who is fabulous as Paul Gauguin, whose personality was the complete opposite of his friend Van Gogh; the ego clashes when they attempted to live together are well illustrated in several scenes, and with a little addition to his nose, Quinn has been made to look exactly like Gauguin's famous self-portrait with the snake.
James Donald is excellent as Vincent's patient and generous brother, who was Van Gogh's central means of support for most of his lifetime, both financially and of his paintings.
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If you want to understand van Gogh on a deep level, read the three volume set of his letters. If you want an accurate overview of his life, read the biography by David Sweetman. If you want an extremely entertaining but fictionalized account, read the novel this film was based on: "Lust For Life," by Irving Stone (a great book). If all you want is a sketchy shadow of who this genius was, watch this movie. It is to van Gogh what Disney's "Hunchback" was to Victor Hugo's great novel. Almost nothing in it is true - it doesn't even follow the novel very closely. There are enormous lapses in critical events that are important to understanding van Gogh. People who were influential to the development of his art and philosophy aren't included or are composited into fictional characters. Time is vastly compressed and almost all the events are based on misinformation and are subject to typical Hollywood writing that can't accept the fact that truth may be more entertaining than fiction. The novel is guilty of this type of thing, too, but Irving Stone does such a better job! This film relies on perpetuating every last stereotype and myth about the artist. On the positive side, Kirk Douglas does a very good job looking like van Gogh, and Anthony Quinn's portrayal of Gauguin is right on the money. Miklos Rozsa's score is a classic, as well. Check out the CD! As someone who has studied van Gogh, it is difficult to recommend this film, because it's mostly wrong. For those who don't care about seeing the truth, it's at least entertaining.
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The movie stands out ever since I seen it as a kid on tv. Would be something to see in an actual theater. The photography is like his paintings- like them or not, they are vivid and memorable. Saw one of his paintings in a San Francisco gallery 40 years ago. I was very young and very bored. Took a half hour just to get to the Van Gogh, a small painting of an orchard. But it was luminous... I still remeber the glow, and not being able to view it as long as I would have liked. Probably what Van Gogh wanted. My only other familiarity is pictures of his paintings and the movie. The movie is impassioned, and Kirk Douglas LOOKS insane in the cafe while a big celebration is going on in the streets. Nice musical score. A little too dramatic musically on self-infliction scenes, but that is how they made movies then. A modern quality remake might let a scene speak for itself. Good movie for artistic temperaments. Some books on his life might be interesting
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