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Vincent & Theo (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  27 April 1990 (Netherlands)
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The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. The movie also provides a nice view of the locations which Vincent painted.

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Adrian Brine ...
Uncle Cent
Jean-François Perrier ...
Léon Boussod
Yves Dangerfield ...
René Valadon (as Vincent Vallier)
Hans Kesting ...
Andries Bonger
Peter Tuinman ...
Anton Mauve
Marie Louise Stheins ...
Jet Mauve
Oda Spelbos ...
Ida
Jip Wijngaarden ...
Sien Hoornik
Anne Canovas ...
Marie
Sarah Bentham ...
Marie Hoornik
Jean-Denis Monory ...
Emile Bernard
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Jo Bonger (as Johanna Ter Steege)
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ...
'Pere' Tanguy
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The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. The movie also provides a nice view of the locations which Vincent painted.

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An obsessive vision. A desperate dream. A world that didn't understand... And a brother that did.

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Originally designed to be a four-hour mini-series for the BBC. Robert Altman and writer Julian Mitchell were able to pare it down to two and a half hours by focusing on Van Gogh's last years. See more »

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22 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Vincent and Theo" invents one sordid and revolting scene after another and succeeds only in cheapening the legacy of both Vincent and his brother Theo. Though distinctly argumentative and quirky, Vincent was exceedingly well read and well spoken, and had a deeply thoughtful and intellectual rationale for his passionate art, while Theo was an intelligent and personable individual who was successful and highly regarded. Both brothers are ruthlessly sullied and presented as pathetic individuals without any positive attributes in this horrid film. As another reviewer noted, the art works presented in this film are amateur cartoons of the originals, which is certainly not an insignificant detail in a film about a great artist. To understand Vincent and his brother Theo as complex and remarkable individuals, read "Van Gogh: The Life" by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, a brilliantly researched and eloquently written biography, which is like living with Vincent through nearly every day of his entire life, enabled through the many letters preserved, not just between the brothers but among Vincent's entire family and other artists as well. The 1956 film, "Lust for Life", while admittedly quaint, offers a much more accurate biographical sketch in representing the significant life events of Vincent Van Gogh, and more accurately reveals the complexity of the characters. Further, "Lust for Life", uses actual reproductions of all of the original artwork presented, adding up to a very enjoyable and insightful film. "Vincent and Theo" is a ghastly, cheap horror flick that panders with its base vulgarity and is successful only in defiling the complex and fascinating story of Vincent and his beloved brother Theo.


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