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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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Vibrant orange sunflowers. Rippling yellow grain. Trees bursting with white bloom. “The pictures come to me as in a dream,” Vincent van Gogh said. A dream that too often turned to life-shattering nightmare. Winner of the Golden Globe® and the New York Film Critics Best Actor Awards, Kirk Douglas gives a fierce portrayal as the artist torn between the joyous inspiration of his genius and the dark desperation of his tormented mind. The obsessed Vincent van Gogh painted the way other men breathe, driving away family and friends, including artist Paul Gauguin [Anthony Quinn, 1956 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award® winner]. Directed by Vincente Minnelli and saturated with the hues of Vincent van Gogh’s sea, field and sky. ‘Lust for Life’ captures the ecstasy of art and the agony of one man’s life.
FILM FACTS: Academy Awards® Won: Anthony Quinn for Actor in a Supporting Role. Nominations: Kirk Douglas for Best Actor. Nominations: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters and Preston Ames for Best Art Direction (Color). Nominations: Edwin B. Willis and F. Keogh Gleason for Set Decoration. Nominations: Norman Corwin for Writing (Screenplay for Adaption). Two hundred enlarged colour photos were used representing Vincent Van Gogh’s completed canvases; these were in addition to copies that were executed by an American art teacher, Robert Parker. In preparation for the film, Kirk Douglas practiced painting crows so that he could reasonably imitate Vincent van Gogh at work. Based on the 1934 novel by Irving Stone and adapted by Norman Corwin.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This DVD of Vincent Van Gogh is great.....it is so convincing that you feel you are watching the artists of that time ...the actors make it a reality ..... Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2013 by Mary J. Eichler
We watched this DVD last night and really enjoyed it. Although it is an old film it was well done. Gives one a little more insight into Van Gogh's tragic life.Published on July 3 2013 by Peter
I'm a painter myself, have done alot of reading about the lives of these artists, and can never get over the superb performances of these actors!----Truly a superb movie classic! Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by Rick
Very enjoyable movie that easily deserves to be added to your home collection. Kirk Douglas underscores his brilliant acting talent to convince the audience of Vincent's lifelong... Read morePublished on July 2 2002 by Robert E. Eshelman
I loved this movie!! The tragic, misunderstood life of VINCENT VAN GOUGH is given a chance for sympathy and understanding in this adaptation. Read morePublished on July 11 2001 by Kimberly Bianco
I was blown away and surprised I'd never heard of "Lust For Life" until It was recommended to me by someone. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2001 by Damon Navas-Howard
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2001 by Book Maven