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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:
Brilliant, Yet Painful Classic Offers Douglas' Finest Performance... 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)
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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 (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)
 
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Diego R. Lezica Alvear .... we wish to thank for cooperation (as Diego R. Lezica Alvear Esq.)
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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)
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Mrs. William Goetz .... we wish to thank for cooperation
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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
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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)
Mrs. 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 for 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
 
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Runtime:
122 min
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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)

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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:
Vincent Van Gogh:I tried to show a place where a man can ruin himself, go mad... commit a crime.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
ArlesianaSee more »

FAQ

Is 'Lust for Life' based on a book?
What is 'Lust for Life' about?
Does the movie show van Gogh cutting off his ear?
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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, Yet Painful Classic Offers Douglas' Finest Performance..., 3 January 2007
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

"Lust for Life", Vincente Minnelli's rich interpretation of Irving Stone's Vincent Van Gogh bio-novel, is a film both compelling and repelling; in delving into the psyche of the artist (unforgettably portrayed by Kirk Douglas), one can see an untrained, unbridled genius smashing convention to open viewers' eyes to a world defined by passion; yet in doing so, we share in the growing nightmares and agony of his creative mind, teetering toward the madness that would destroy him, and it is an unsettling experience, to be sure!

This is a film so rich in visual imagery (with a Technicolor 'palette' that attempts to recreate Van Gogh's view of his world), that it demands repeated viewings, just to savor the details. From wheat fields 'aflame' in color, to night skies that nearly writhe in waves of darkness, the elemental nature of the artist's vision is spectacularly captured. And in experiencing the world through his eyes, the loving, yet uncomprehending concern of his brother (James Donald), and more hedonistic, shallow patronizing, and gradual disgust of fellow artist Paul Gauguin (Anthony Quinn, in his Oscar-winning performance), become elemental 'barriers', as well. Van Gogh wants to 'speak', but no one can understand his 'language', not even the artist, himself!

Kirk Douglas never plunged as deeply into a portrayal as he did, in "Lust for Life", and the experience nearly crushed him, as he related in his autobiography, "Ragman's Son". His total immersion in the role SHOULD have won him an Oscar (Yul Brynner won, instead, for "The King and I"), and his bitterness and disappointment at the snub would haunt him, to this day. With the passage of time, his performance has only increased in luster and stature, and it certainly shows an actor at the top of his form!

"Lust for Life" is an unforgettable experience, not to be missed!

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