Lust for Life
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This filmed biography of Vincent Van Gogh was adapted by Norman Corwin from the best-selling novel by Irving Stone, which was in turn inspired by the written correspondence between Van Gogh and his brother Theo. Kirk Douglas plays the tormented genius, whose obsessive devotion to his art engulfs, consumes, and finally destroys him. James Donald costars as Theo Van Gogh, who provides financial and moral support to his brother from the time Vincent leaves his Holland home in 1878 to his death in Auvers in 1890. Anthony Quinn won an Oscar for his eight-minute turn as Van Gogh's fast friend… More
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"One of Minnelli's best pictures, a visually stunning portrait of Van Gogh, splendidly played by Kirk Douglas"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Screendaily
"Horrifying - but informative - tragic biography of Van Gogh, with a look at his painting technique and location filming of the places he lived."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"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."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A competently made and acted biopic on the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas), that's nevertheless uninspiring."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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