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Van Gogh: Darkness Into Light (1956)

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A film short on the making of Lust for Life (1956) which starred Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn. This behind the scenes look focuses primarily the various European locations used in the ... See full summary »

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A film short on the making of Lust for Life (1956) which starred Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn. This behind the scenes look focuses primarily the various European locations used in the filming including the coal mines, Holland and Arles, in the south of France. It also shows some of the challenges the production faced, including rebuilding various buildings used in some of Van Gogh's paintings. Written by garykmcd

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Dore Schary, Himself: This is one of the world's most famous paintings. It was painted in 1888 by Vincent Van Gogh. If it were for sale today, the price would be a quarter of a million dollars. How much did he sell it for? He couldn't give it away.
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An Original DVD Extra
26 March 2011 | by (Arroyo Grande, California) – See all my reviews

This is a movie short on the making of "Lust for Life", a biographical movie about the life of Vincent Van Gogh which came out the same year, 1956.

Details are given on location shooting (in France and elsewhere) as well as some history on Van Gogh himself. The given history is interspersed with scenes from Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas.

The whole thing comes across as a combination of a movie trailer and a DVD "making of" extra. It gets the job done, garnering interest in the movie, and gives a few behind the scenes particulars, including Douglas having a conversation, in French, with a local gal who knew Van Gogh.

Definitely worth a watch for film or Van Gogh buffs. The TCM print I saw ran 20 minutes.


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