Vincent & Theo (1990)
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as Vincent van Gogh
as Theodore van Gogh
as Sien Hoornik
as Jo Bonger
as Paul Gauguin
as Paul Gaugin
as Dr. Paul Gachet
as Margueritte Gachet
as Uncle Cent
as Dr. Paul Gachet
as Rene Valadon
as Andries Bonger
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Critic Reviews for Vincent & Theo
This was Altman's most watchable theatrical feature in about a decade, and the actors always keep you guessing.
This masterwork operates in the intimate, thoughtful vein of the great BBC bios of artistic figures.
[A] film that generates the feeling that we are in the presence of a man in the act of creation.
Nowhere does Altman sermonise about the artist's greatness; his achievement is allowed to speak for itself. If only more film-makers had such confidence and integrity.
The enjoyment in Vincent and Theo comes more from the director's attention to art history than from his ability to interpret it anew.
An Altman masterpiece.
Audience Reviews for Vincent & Theo
In spite of its awful score and how the narrative appears at times as fragmented as the characters' psyches, this biopic impresses us with a beautiful cinematography and art direction, as though seen through Van Gogh's own eyes, and it has Tim Roth and Paul Rhys in fantastic performances.
[font=Century Gothic]"Vincent and Theo" starts out with a modern day auction of paintings by Vincent van Gogh going for a fortune, then fades to Vincent(Tim Roth), a struggling painter in his native Holland talking to his brother, Theo(Paul Rhys), an art dealer living in Paris. Vincent is barely surviving on what allowance his brother can give to him. Even through all of this, Vincent shacks up with a prostitute/model, Sien(JIp Wijngaarden).[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Vincent and Theo" is a biopic that aims to focus on the relationship between Vincent and Theo van Gogh but there is too little of that in the film.(What there is, is similar to that of a banker to a customer.) This approach puts too much emphasis on the none-too-interesting personal life of Theo. However, Tim Roth does give a great performance as the troubled painter but it is unsettling having the leads played by two British actors while most of the supporting characters are played by Dutch and French actors.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]The movie also seeks to take a more authentic approach to the life of Vincent van Gogh than previous movies might have.(I saw "Lust for Life" but too long ago to really comment on it.) In this movie, van Gogh is a painter who goes against the fashion of the day and takes more interest in real life than in still life.(For example, he paints Sien squatting over a chamber pot.) But it does not go far enough and simply comes off as stodgy.[/font]
While I sentimentally love the Doctor Who version of Vincent Van Gogh, this is the definitive dramatic take of an artist on the brink of madness with few pennies to his name.
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