Lust for Life
Lust for Life (1956)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 31, 2006
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Emanuel Levy

One of Minnelli's best pictures, a visually stunning portrait of Van Gogh, splendidly played by Kirk Douglas

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Emanuel Levy

Minnelli's most visually evocative and most personal film--the only project he initiated during his tenure at MGM--centers on Van Gogh as a tormented, uncompromising artist, magnificently played by Kirk Douglas.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Horrifying - but informative - tragic biography of Van Gogh, with a look at his painting technique and location filming of the places he lived.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

The movie, attractive as it may be, never 'breaks through the iron wall' between what is felt and what is expressed, the very wall that van Gogh himself strove to overcome.

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Dennis Schwartz
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A competently made and acted biopic on the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas), that's nevertheless uninspiring.

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Jim Hunter
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… More
Aj V
Douglas plays Van Gogh, and does a great job, if only the rest of the cast were as good as him, this would be a fantastic movie. Still I really liked it, and… More
Adriel Lim
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… More
xGary Xx
Quality biopic of Vincent Van Gogh featuring an intense if slightly affected performance by Kirk Douglas as the tortured artist. Nice painterly cinematography… More
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
John Ballantine
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… More