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Writers:
Norman Corwin (screen play)
Irving Stone (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
15 September 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE MOST REVEALING LIFE-INSPIRED STORY EVER FILMED! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Passion for life See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Vincent Van Gogh

Anthony Quinn ... Paul Gauguin

James Donald ... Theo Van Gogh
Pamela Brown ... Christine

Everett Sloane ... Dr. Gachet
Niall MacGinnis ... Roulin
Noel Purcell ... Anton Mauve

Henry Daniell ... Theodorus Van Gogh
Madge Kennedy ... Anna Cornelia Van Gogh
Jill Bennett ... Willemien

Lionel Jeffries ... Dr. Peyron
Laurence Naismith ... Dr. Bosman

Eric Pohlmann ... Colbert
Jeanette Sterke ... Kay
Toni Gerry ... Johanna
Wilton Graff ... Rev. Stricker
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Stricker
David Horne ... Rev. Peeters
Noel Howlett ... Commissioner Van Den Berghe
Ronald Adam ... Commissioner De Smet
John Ruddock ... Ducrucq
Julie Robinson ... Rachel
David Leonard ... Camille Pissarro
William Phipps ... Emile Bernard
David Bond ... Seurat
Frank Perls ... Pere Tanguy
Jay Adler ... Waiter
Laurence Badie ... Adeline Ravoux
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernestine Barrier ... Jet (uncredited)
Jerry Bergen ... Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (uncredited)
Mitzi Blake ... Elizabeth (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Dowager (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Inspector (uncredited)

Henry Corden ... Waiter (uncredited)
Germaine Delbat ... Figuration (uncredited)
John Dodsworth ... Handsome Man (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Anthony Eustrel ... Tersteeg (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Durand-Ruel (uncredited)
Alex Frazer ... Con (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Elderly Gentleman (uncredited)
Al Haskell ... Concertina Player (uncredited)
Fred Johnson ... Cordan (uncredited)

Len Lesser ... Cartoonist (uncredited)
George J. Lewis ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Norman MacGowran ... Pier (uncredited)
Mickey Maga ... Jan (uncredited)
Alec Mango ... Dr. Rey (uncredited)
Lynn Millan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Mme. Tanguy (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Julie (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Customer (uncredited)

Marion Ross ... Sister Clothilde (uncredited)
Delia Salvi ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Aaron Saxon ... Louis (uncredited)
Karen Scott ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Doctor (uncredited)
Betty Sinclair ... Maid (uncredited)
Ralph Smiley ... Artist (uncredited)
Marc Snow ... Landlord (uncredited)
Anthony Sydes ... Cor (uncredited)
Helen Van Tuyl ... Elderly Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
George Cukor (co-director) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Norman Corwin (screen play)

Irving Stone (based on the novel by)

Produced by
John Houseman .... producer
Jud Kinberg .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
Freddie Young (director of photography) (as F. A.Young)
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Cedric Gibbons 
Hans Peters 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason (set decorations) (as Keogh Gleason)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Ed Haight .... sound editor (uncredited)
Harold Humbrock .... sound editor (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Logan .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... music copyist (uncredited)
Jimmie Haskell .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Skip Martin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... musical director (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... image coordinator (uncredited)
Christian Ferry .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Diego R. Lezica Alvear .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Diego R. Lezica Alvear Esq.)
Aurier-Mahe .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Raymond Bigor .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Raymond Bigor)
Leigh B. Block .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Leigh B. Block)
Mary Block .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mrs. Leigh B. Block)
Emil Georg Bührle .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. E. Buhrle)
Stephen Carlton Clark .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Stephen C. Clark)
Betsey Maria Cushing Roosevelt .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mrs. John Hay Whitney)
Catherine K. Dewey .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mrs. Catherine K. Dewey)
Erna Wolf Dreyfus .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mrs. Erna Wolf Dreyfus)
Otto Dubi-Muller .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Dr. Otto Dubi-Muller)
Marshall Field .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Marshall Field)
Mrs. Marshall Field .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Mrs. William Goetz .... we wish to thank for cooperation
William Goetz .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. William Goetz)
Morris W. Haft .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Morris W. Haft)
Mrs. Morris W. Haft .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Hans Hahnloser .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Prof. Dr. Hans Hahnloser)
Franz Hanfstaengl .... acknowledgment: inspiration
Thomas Edward Hanley .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. T. Edward Hanley)
Averell Harriman .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Governor Averell Harriman)
Frederick Herman .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Frederick Herman)
Max Jaffe .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Mrs. Ch. Jaggli-Hahnloser .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Mrs. H. Harris Jonas .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Mrs. A. Kessler .... we wish to thank for cooperation
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Sonja Kramarsky .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Miss Sonja Kramarsky)
Mrs. Albert D. Lasker .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Robert Lehman .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Robert Lehman)
David M. Levy .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. David M. Levy)
Mrs. David M. Levy .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Gladys Lloyd .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mrs. Edward G. Robinson)
Alexander Maitland .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Alexander Maitland Esq.)
Henry Plumer McIlhenny .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Henry P. McIlhenny)
Martin Nachman .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Martin Nachman)
Martin Nachman .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Mrs. Charles S. Payson .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Henry Pearlman .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Henry Pearlman)
Rose Pearlman .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mrs. Henry Pearlman)
Theodore Pitcairn .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Rev. Theodore Pitcairn)
Joseph Pulitzer Jr. .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Joseph Pulitzer Jr.)
Emily Rauh Pulitzer .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer Jr.)
Oskar Reinhart .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Dr. Oskar Reinhart)
John Rewald .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. John Rewald)
Edward G. Robinson .... we wish to thank the following for their cooperation: (as Mr. Edward G. Robinson)
Leo M. Rogers .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Leo M. Rogers)
Mrs. Leo M. Rogers .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Mrs. Salman Schocken .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Guy Spitzer .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Peter Staechelin .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Peter Staechelin)
Charles Vidor .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Edwin C. Vogel .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Edwin C. Vogel)
Mrs. Edwin C. Vogel .... we wish to thank for cooperation
Eduard von der Heydt .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Eduard von der Heydt)
Doris Warner .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mrs. Charles Vidor)
John Hay Whitney .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. John Hay Whitney)
Marie Whitney .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mrs. Averell Harriman)
Frederick Zimmerman .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Frederick Zimmerman)
Mrs. Frederick Zimmerman .... we wish to thank for cooperation
 
Crew verified as complete


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  • Art Institute of Chicago, The  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The Art Institute of Chicago)
  • Cleveland Museum of Art  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums:
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, The  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The Detroit Institute of Arts)
  • Musée du Louvre, Paris  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums:
  • Musée Rodin, Paris  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums:
  • Museum of Fine Art, Boston  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
  • Museum of Modern Art, The (MoMA)  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The Museum of Modern Art, New York City)
  • Rhode Island School of Design  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as Rhode Island School of Design, Providence)
  • Alfred Schwabacher Collection  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Arthur Jaffe  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as Arthur Jaffe, Inc.)
  • Auguste Mayer Collection  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Baltimore Museum of Art  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as Cone Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art)
  • Braun - Paris  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Cercle Francais d'Art, Paris  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Chester Dale Collection, The  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as The Chester Dale Collection)
  • Courtauld Institute of Art, The  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The Home House Society, Courtauld Institute of Art, London)
  • Drukkerijen v/h Ellerman Harms  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as Drukkerijen v/h Ellerman Harms, N.V.)
  • Firma de Muinck & Co.  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
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  • Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums:
  • Honolulu Academy of Arts  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums:
  • Imprimerie Draeger  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • J.E. Wolfensberger, Wolfsbergdrucke  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • J.K. Thannhauser Collection  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • John Herron Art Museum  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as John Herron Art Museum, Indianapolis)
  • Kunst im Druck Obpacher  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as Kunst im Druck Obpacher, Ltd.)
  • Kunstkreis Verlag  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Kunstmuseum  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as Kunstmuseum, Basel)
  • Kunstmuseum  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as Kunstmuseum, Winterthur)
  • Museu de Arte, Sao Paolo, Brazil  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The Museu de Arte, Sao Paolo, Brazil)
  • Musée des Beaux Arts, Palais Saint-Pierre  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as Musée des Beaux Arts, Palais Saint-Pierre, Lyon)
  • Nassau Galleries  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as Nassau Galleries Inc., Andover)
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as Rosenwald Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)
  • National Gallery of Scotland  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh)
  • Nationalmuseum, Stockholm  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as National Museum, Stockholm)
  • Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum, Kansas City)
  • New York Graphic Society  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as The New York Graphic Society)
  • Pallas Gallery, The  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as The Pallas Gallery)
  • Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.)
  • Photo Vizzavona  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Piperdrucke Verlags, Die  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as Die Piperdrucke Verlags)
  • Rijksmuseum Amsterdam  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation: (as Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
  • Rinascimento Prints by Robert Hoesch  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Soho Gallery  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • The Wertheim Collection, Fogg Art Museum  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Trustees of the Tate Gallery  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as The Trustees of the Tate Gallery, London)
  • Turner Entertainment  VHS package design (uncredited)
  • Tyson Collection  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Verlag F. Bruckmann, K.G.  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • W. Weinberg Collection  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Wildenstein Gallery, New York  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums: (as Wildenstein Gallery, New York City)

Additional Details

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Runtime:
122 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound® encoding) (35 mm optical prints) (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) (2006) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17950)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The color process used for the film (Ansco color, but labeled in the credits as Metrocolor) is supposedly unsuitable for long term color preservation. As a result, many prints have lost the extraordinary brightness of the movie's images.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow falls across Ducrucq as Van Gogh finds him dead.See more »
Quotes:
Vincent Van Gogh:I tried to show a place where a man can ruin himself, go mad... commit a crime.See more »
Soundtrack:
ArlesianaSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Lust for Life' about?
Does the movie show van Gogh cutting off his ear?
Whatever became of van Gogh's friend, Paul Gauguin?
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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Passion for life, 18 March 2001
Author: Henrik Sylow from Denmark

When I hear the name Vincente Minnelli certain scenes pop up on my inner screeningroom: A tracking shot at the fair (Some came running), the low tracking zoom towards Douglas and Turner at the pool (Bad and the Beautiful), snowmen (Meet me in St Louis) and the agony in Douglas's face in "Lust for life"; in fact as soon as his redbearded agonized face pops up, all the other movies fade away and "Lust for life" takes over my inner screening room.

But apart from being my favorite Minnelli movie, its a movie that more than any other shows his genius in use of colors; every scene is composed in breathtaking technicolor with the deepest respect for Van Gogh's own use of color, and Douglas's acting is filled with the same agony and passion as the strokes of Van Gogh's brush. As the other great movies who uses color to its fullest (Wizard of Oz, Black Narcissus, Ten Commandments), the simularities between the director and the painter is obvious. Hence, Minnelli's struggle for "painting" the scenes with the richness of technicolor becomes an echo of Van Gogh. It also reads as a textbook in composition from Steinberg's Dead Space to Eisenstein's juxtapositions. In all, Minnelli is of great skill and uses it to the fullest.

The story, which focuses on the struggle for a new way of expression, is tame at times and the acting (apart from Douglas) seems static most of the times, but the tortured face and body of Douglas and the use of color makes this one of the greatest achievements in MGM's history and one of the best movies Minnelli ever made.

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