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Lust for Life (1956)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:September 17, 1956
Running time:122 minutes
Cast:Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown, Everett Sloane
Director:Vincente Minnelli
Producer:John Houseman
Writer:Norman Corwin
Distributor:MGM

Description: 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 and erstwhile rival Paul Gaugin. Nearly 200 of Van Gogh's original paintings were borrowed from private collections for brief display in the film: some are recreated before our eyes, as the artist stands before his easel, spattered with paint and with a look of white-hot intensity burned into his countenance.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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