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Lust for Life -- A biodrama of the troubled artist Vincent Van Gogh, from his first paintings to his death. Kirk Douglas delivers a brilliant Oscar-nominated performance as the tragic Dutch painter.

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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:
Melodramatic but effective See more (64 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)
 
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
 
Location Management
Christian Ferry .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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)
 
Thanks
Diego R. Lezica Alvear .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation (as Diego R. Lezica Alvear Esq.)
Aurier-Mahe .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation
Raymond Bigor .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Mr. Raymond Bigor)
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Mary Block .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation (as Mrs. Leigh B. Block)
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Otto Dubi-Muller .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation (as Dr. Otto Dubi-Muller)
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Mrs. Marshall Field .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation
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Mrs. Morris W. Haft .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation
Hans Hahnloser .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation (as Prof. Dr. Hans Hahnloser)
Franz Hanfstaengl .... acknowledgment: inspiration
Thomas Edward Hanley .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation (as Mr. T. Edward Hanley)
Averell Harriman .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation (as Governor Averell Harriman)
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Sonja Kramarsky .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation (as Miss Sonja Kramarsky)
Mrs. Albert D. Lasker .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation
Robert Lehman .... we wish to thank: for their 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 their cooperation
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Alexander Maitland .... we wish to thank: for their cooperation (as Alexander Maitland Esq.)
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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 - The Cone Collection  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)
  • 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:
  • Ganymed Press  we wish to thank the following museums and organizations for their cooperation:
  • Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums:
  • Home House Society, Courtaulds Institute of Art  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)
  • 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:
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)  this picture made under the jurisdiction of: affiliated with A.F. of L. (as I.A.T.S.E.)
  • 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:
  • Rosenwald Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.  Vincent - for permission to photograph the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh we wish to thank the following museums:
  • 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:
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  • 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:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) (2006) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17950) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12

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:
Continuity: A painting of Roulin is shown displayed in Theo's house before Van Gogh has met him.See more »
Quotes:
Anton Mauve:Oh, Vincent. I'm sorry to put off seeing you, but we artists have to be selfish, you know. We have to save our ourselves. After all with each painting, we did a little.See more »
Soundtrack:
Polka des poulettesSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Lust for Life' about?
Whatever became of van Gogh's friend, Paul Gauguin?
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25 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Melodramatic but effective, 27 March 1999

Although I started my academic career as an art major, my interest was always in making art of my own rather than studying the works of the past masters. As a result, I wouldn't know a Manet from a Monet, but one painter whose work I can always identify is Vincent Van Gogh, perhaps the most famous example of the "tortured artist" who sought solace from the pain of life through his work. Like so many artists from different mediums, Van Gogh's life, especially the dramatic episode in which he sliced off his ear in an epileptic fit, is more famous than his work, a situation heightened, no doubt, by Don Mclean's melancholy ballad "Vincent," an improbable chart topper in 1972. Prior to being honored by the composer of "American Pie," Van Gogh's biggest brush with popular success came with Vincent Minnelli's film of Irving Stone's best-seller, an often melodramatic but still effective dramatization of the artist's troubled life. Kirk Douglas' intense portrayal of the impoverished and often fanatical Dutchman is helped immeasurably by his physical resemblance to his subject. Bearded, and with his blonde hair dyed red, Douglas could easily be mistaken for the man whose self-portraits hang on the wall of the modest bedroom where much of the film takes place. Occasionally, Douglas' clenched teeth and fist approach to drama comes through to reveal the actor behind the makeup, but his Oscar nominated performance seldom falls victim to the actor's "star" persona. Even Anthony Quinn, an actor who has given the same performance in dozens of movies, is good, but his brief turn as Paul Gaughan is hardly distinguished enough to merit the Oscar for best supporting actor. The rest of the cast is beautifully assembled with James Donald properly sympathetic as Vincent's patient, supportive brother, Theo, and no way can I complain about any film that finds room for the splendid presence of Henry Daniell, seen here as the patriarch of the Van Gogh family. The paintings, a wild riot of colorful intensity, are seen throughout (courtesy of numerous private collectors and public museums, including my hometown's Cleveland Museum of Art), and without them, "Lust for Life" would have a lot less luster.

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