Lust for Life (1956)
|Directed By:||Vincente Minnelli, Anthony Quinn, Everett Sloane, George Cukor, Henry Daniell, James Donald, Jill Bennett II, Kirk Douglas, Madge Kennedy, Niall MacGinnis, Noel Purcell, Pamela Brown|
|Written By:||Norman Corwin, Norman Corwin, Irving Stone|
|In Theaters:||Jan 1, 1956 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jan 31, 2006|
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as Vincent Van Gogh
as Paul Gauguin
as Dr. Gachet
as Theo Van Gogh
as Anton Mauve
as Theodorus Van Gogh
as Anna Cornelia Van Go...
as Dr. Peyron
as Dr. Bosman
as Rev. Stricker
as Mrs. Stricker
as Rev. Peeters
as Commissioner Van Den...
as Commissioner De Smet
as Camille Pissarro
as Emile Bernard
as Pere Tanguy
as Adeline Ravoux
as Sister Clothilde
as Henri de Toulouse La...
as Mme. Tanguy
as Dr. Rey
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Critic Reviews for Lust for Life
One of Minnelli's best pictures, a visually stunning portrait of Van Gogh, splendidly played by Kirk Douglas
Audience Reviews for Lust for Life
Vincent Van Gogh struggles with mental illness on his path to becoming a renowned artist.
Kirk Douglas could be a perfect Vincent Van Gogh, able to reach the emotional depths of the character and charismatic enough to be a believable tortured artist, but this film is poorly structured and statically directed. The film's structure doesn't give us a central conflict: what stands in Van Gogh's way? What is the nature of his mental illness, if that's what it is? What makes him a good artist but a malcontented person? Additionally, Vincente Minnelli's camera never moves. He sets the camera on a tripod in a studio with an obviously painted background behind the action. It's filmmaking stuck in the early days of Hollywood, and it doesn't give us the chance to see all that Douglas's performance could offer.
Overall, there is a lot of potential in this film, but it's sadly unfulfilled.
Fantastic as classic movies get. Well acted, well scripted, shot vibrantly and as impressionable in memory as films go as van Gogh's paintings spinning a classic tale of human drama that is moving, meditative, endearing and fulfilling of the heart.
Pretty to look at? You betcha! Its about Dutch painter numero uno, duh. Informative? Are you kiddin'? Did you know a lot of famous artists hung out in Paris? Yep. So why's this fail to connect? Kirk is there, wringin' his hands every chance he gets. Quinn is there, and he's not happy about the hand wringin'. So wat happened? I think the subject matter spooked the makers ...
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