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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 »
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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:
Portrait of an Artist as a Tortured Man 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
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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.)
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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:
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  • 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.)
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  • 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:
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  • 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)
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  • 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)

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Runtime:
122 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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)

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Trivia:
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 15 secondsSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: A painting of Roulin is shown displayed in Theo's house before Van Gogh has met him.See more »
Quotes:
Vincent Van Gogh:If I'm to be anything as a painter I've got to break through that iron wall between what I feel and what I express. my best chance of doing it is here, where my roots are... the people I know, the earth I know.See more »
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36 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Portrait of an Artist as a Tortured Man, 31 December 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Kirk Douglas is Vincent Van Gogh in "Lust for Life," directed by Vincent Minnelli and also starring Anthony Quinn as Gaugin (Oscar winner for his performance), and James Donal as Van Gogh's brother Theo.

This film is actually based on the Irving Stone novel and while it leaves out parts of Van Gogh's life, it does seem to hit the high points. A sensitive man with a spiritual sense of life, Van Gogh seeks from the beginning to express God in some way and to give something to the world. He is unsuccessful as a minister and eventually takes up painting, supported by his loving brother Theo. Basically he lives somewhere until whomever he's living with gets sick of him and throws him out. He is a terribly lonely man, but he has an intensity that is almost frightening to people. At one point, he takes up with a sometime prostitute with a baby - she eventually leaves. In actual fact, when Van Gogh met this woman, named Sien, she was pregnant with a second child, who grew up believing Van Gogh was his father. Sien some 20+ years later commits suicide.

Van Gogh establishes a friendship with Gaugin and has dreams of an artist colony, but his relationship with Gaugin, as with everyone but his brother, ends terribly when he stalks Gaugin with an open straight razor, later cutting off part of his own ear. It is evident from the film that whatever Van Gogh's mental problem was (and there are many theories, from bipolar, to epilepsy, to schizophrenia), it worsened as time went on, as did his physical condition. He would often buy paints rather than eat and would work ceaselessly.

Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime - however, what the film does not show is that, had he chosen to live, he was on the brink of being recognized for his work. His paintings had started being exhibited and appreciated and began to sell shortly after his death. What also isn't in the film is that his brother died shortly after Van Gogh did. It was Theo's widow who carried on the work that would be involved with Van Gogh's vast collection.

The film reduced me to tears - indeed, the song that says "they should have told you, Vincent, the world was never meant for one as beautiful as you" was certainly true. The only person who ever "got" Vincent was his brother.

As for the performances, Kirk Douglas makes a brilliant Van Gogh. Michael Douglas once said his father isn't considered a great actor because the style back then in the types of roles he played has changed. It's true - seen today, Douglas' work seems too intense at times, too big, too over the top in these times of acting so naturally as to almost be boring. However, I believe that Van Gogh must have been like the Douglas characterization. He obviously drove people away in large masses, and Douglas captured that passion, drive, and overeagerness perfectly. As Theo, James Donal is perfect as the calm one in the family. Anthony Quinn has a short but memorable role as the flamboyant Gaugin. He's wonderful - arrogant, opinionated, temperamental, with a bad temper, and Quinn plays him as an artist without the soul of Van Gogh. But who, after all, had the soul of Van Gogh? Vincent Minnelli lovingly directed this film and it definitely has his wonderful attention to detail, flow, and artistic touch. And the paintings are breathtaking. A beautiful film that will stay with you for a long time, and you'll never see "Starry Night" in the same way again.

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