Vincent & Theo (1990)
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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.
Audience Reviews for Vincent & Theo
Despite an awful score and how the narrative seems sometimes as fragmented as the characters' psyches, this biopic impresses us with a beautiful cinematography and art direction, as if seen from Van Gogh's own eyes, and it has Tim Roth and Paul Rhys in fantastic performances.
Vincent and Theo features the quirky, voyeuristic style of Altman and has Roth in an intense but human role. I am only vaguely familiar with the story of Van Gogh; I cannot tell whether I would find the plot better or worse if I did know the story. As it is, I find the plot neutral but rate the film up a bit based on the actor / director pairing. Recommended to fans of Altman and Roth.
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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