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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:
Too Sensitive For This World See more (60 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)
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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  (as F.A. Young)
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan (film editor)
 
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 stylist
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)
 
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Hans Hahnloser .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Prof. Dr. Hans Hahnloser)
Franz Hanfstaengl .... acknowledgment: inspiration
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Averell Harriman .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Governor Averell Harriman)
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Theodore Pitcairn .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Rev. Theodore Pitcairn)
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Charles Vidor .... we wish to thank for cooperation
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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
 
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Runtime:
122 min
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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 (re-rating) (1993) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #17950)

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Trivia:
Even though many sources claim that Anthony Quinn won his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for appearing a short 8 minutes in the movie, his performance actually lasts 23 minutes and 40 seconds.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow falls across Ducrucq as Van Gogh finds him dead.See more »
Quotes:
Paul Gauguin:With all your talk of emotion, all I see when I look at your work is just that you paint too fast!
Vincent Van Gogh:You look too fast!
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FAQ

Is 'Lust for Life' based on a book?
Does the movie show van Gogh cutting off his ear?
Whatever became of van Gogh's friend, Paul Gauguin?
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26 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Too Sensitive For This World, 15 August 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Lust for Life, Irving Stone's biographical novel about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, stands as the centerpiece of Kirk Douglas's acting career. After growing that beard which makes Douglas look hauntingly like the troubled Van Gogh, Douglas crafts a brilliant portrayal of this way too sensitive man.

Vincent Van Gogh was a man who felt things more than most of the world's population. When we're introduced to him in the film, he's been rejected as an evangelical preacher. Van Gogh's father was a minister and Vincent feels the calling, but doesn't have the talent for preaching. He's given a backwater assignment in a forgotten coal mining area basically just to get rid of him.

He tackles it in earnest, even going down into the mines and working along side the miners who are his parishioners. That doesn't please the hoity toity church officials who rebuke him. A more tactful man might have sold the officials on a social gospel idea which was what Van Gogh was trying to articulate. But instead he explodes on them and the church gets rid of him.

It's the same with personal relationships. His intensity frightens off everyone of the opposite sex. And most of the male species as well. Only his patient and loving brother Theo, played here by James Donald, can deal with him for any length of time.

But somewhere in the vast universal scheme of things, Van Gogh was given a talent to paint. It's only on the canvas that he can articulate what he feels around him. And of course when he died he was as obscure as one can get. Now the value of his paintings could retire the American national debt.

Director Vincente Minnelli had previously directed Kirk Douglas to his second Oscar nomination in The Bad and the Beautiful in 1952. Sad to say that Douglas lost again in this third and final outing in the Oscar Derby. Personally I think he should have taken home the big prize for this one. The winner that year was Yul Brynner for The King and I. No actor better expresses rage on the screen than Kirk Douglas and this was a rage accompanying a descent to madness.

But Minnelli did get Anthony Quinn his second Oscar in the Supporting Actor category as fellow painter Paul Gauguin. They become housemates for a while and it seems as though Van Gogh has developed a decent relationship with another human being. But they came from different backgrounds and Gauguin brought an entirely different perspective to his art than Van Gogh did. What in 98% of relationships would have been a friendly disagreement becomes a bitter quarrel and Gauguin's leaving Van Gogh helps spiral him further into a breakdown.

Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, and the ever dependable, but seldom given enough credit James Donald cop all the acting honors here. Like John Huston's Moulin Rouge about Toulouse-Lautrec, Lust for a Life is a film that is so articulate that one can be art idiot and still appreciate the performances of the players.

Today Vincent Van Gogh probably would be on some psychiatric medicines like lithium and be a normal individual when on them. But would the world have the fruits of his artistic genius. An interesting question to ponder while watching this wonderful film.

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