Lust for Life


Lust for Life

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The troubled life of famed painter Vincent Van Gogh is the subject of Vincent Minnelli's adaptation of Irving Stone's fictionalized biography. Kirk Douglas stars as the Dutch painter, who endured a life of squalor and hardship for the sake of his art, which went virtually unnoticed in his own time.

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Kirk Douglas
as Vincent Van Gogh
Anthony Quinn
as Paul Gauguin
Pamela Brown
as Christine
Everett Sloane
as Dr. Gachet
James Donald
as Theo Van Gogh
Noel Purcell
as Anton Mauve
Henry Daniell
as Theodorus Van Gogh
Madge Kennedy
as Anna Cornelia Van Gogh
Jill Bennett
as Willemien
Lionel Jeffries
as Dr. Peyron
Toni Gerry
as Johanna
Wilton Graff
as Rev. Stricker
Isobel Elsom
as Mrs. Stricker
David Horne
as Rev. Peeters
Noel Howlett
as Commissioner Van Den Berghe
Ronald Adam
as Commissioner De Smet
John Ruddock
as Ducrucq
David Leonard
as Camille Pissarro
William Phipps
as Emile Bernard
David Bond
as Seurat
Frank Perls
as Pere Tanguy
Jay Adler
as Waiter
Laurence Badie
as Adeline Ravoux
Rex Evans
as Durand-Ruel
Marion Ross
as Sister Clothilde
Mitzi Blake
as Elizabeth
Jerry Bergen
as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec
Belle Mitchell
as Mme. Tanguy
Alec Mango
as Dr. Rey
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Critic Reviews for Lust for Life

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Audience Reviews for Lust for Life

  • Jul 01, 2014
    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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2013
    Kirk Douglas' vision of Van Gogh is good but not great. We never get a full picture on what makes this man tick and the full sense of his mental illnesses or inspirations. At times it has the feel of a paint by numbers job. I blame the script rather than Douglas who is a tremendous actor.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2012
    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.
    Adriel L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2011
    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 ...
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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