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Vincent & Theo (1990)

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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
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Léon Boussod
Yves Dangerfield ...
René Valadon (as Vincent Vallier)
Hans Kesting ...
Andries Bonger
Peter Tuinman ...
Anton Mauve
Marie-Louise Stheins ...
Jet Mauve (as Marie Louise Stheins)
Oda Spelbos ...
Ida
Jip Wijngaarden ...
Sien Hoornik
Anne Canovas ...
Marie
Sarah Bentham ...
Marie Hoornik
Gusta Gerritsen ...
Kee Vos
Jean-Denis Monory ...
Emile Bernard
Han Kerckhoffs ...
Vos
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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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Biography | Drama

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27 April 1990 (Netherlands)  »

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$2,231,274 (USA)
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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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Interesting Look
29 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although Robert Altman is proficient in re-creating the scenery of Van Gogh's life through the eyes of the painter with striking color and a vaguely bohemian atmosphere, he still fails to present Van Gogh the man or the artist in with any genuine originality. He focuses on Van Gogh, the tormented saint-artist, who forges ahead on the canvas with a drive to present the "suffering" of humanity. However, Altman precludes Van Gogh's obvious manias, his periods of demented elation. It is impossible to believe that the Van Gogh presented here could have produced those vibrant wheat fields in Arles, or the Night Café. What remains in this fractured (though never incompetent biopic), is Tim Roth's virtuoso performance; he managed to literally crawl into the skin of Van Gogh, and the result may frighten you. However, his virtuosity always overshadows Paul Rhys' rather tepid presentation of his brother Theo, though there are other admirable performances in the film, such as Wladimir Yordanoff's amiable presentation of Gauguin. Altman seems to be commenting, rather uninterestingly, about the commercial dimension of artistry, and of the impossibility of true recognition of genius. This is a conventional portrait of the unrecognized genius, it is a tale told again and again. However, Altman's imagery is captivating (with the help of Storraro), the photography looks like vibrant halos emitted by Van Gogh's paintings, though the musical score is dreadful and morbid. Still you much watch this one for Tim Roth's inspired performance if nothing else.


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