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Gauguin the Savage (1980)

Based on the turbulent life of the temperamental French painter, Paul Gauguin, and his compulsive search for creative freedom which caused him to abandon his wife and five children in Paris for a life of contentement in Tahiti.

Director:

Fielder Cook

Writer:

J.P. Miller
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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David Carradine ... Paul Gauguin
Lynn Redgrave ... Mette Gad
Barrie Houghton Barrie Houghton ... Vincent Van Gogh
Flora Robson ... Sister Allandre (as Dame Flora Robson)
Michael Hordern ... Durand-Huel
Ian Richardson ... Degas
Emrys James Emrys James ... Maurice Schuffenecker
Carmen Mathews ... Madame Jeanette
Bernard Fox ... Captain Chablat
Alan Caillou ... Inspector Aumont
Christopher Cary ... Doctor Feydeau
Fiona Fullerton ... Rachel
Alex Hyde-White ... Emil
Vanessa Paine Vanessa Paine ... Older Aline
Allison Wolfson Allison Wolfson ... Younger Aline
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Based on the turbulent life of the temperamental French painter, Paul Gauguin, and his compulsive search for creative freedom which caused him to abandon his wife and five children in Paris for a life of contentement in Tahiti.

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Biography | Drama

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amazing performance
1 June 2004 | by taichijuaniSee all my reviews

David Carradine delivers a characteristically fine performance as the artist Paul Gauguin in this made-for-TV film. An amazing work for its time, GAUGUIN THE SAVAGE has aged well. It tells the story of one of the founders of modern art, a man who left his wife and 5 children in order to pursue his calling. In this film, Carradine paints, plays a lute, and acts both the drunkard and the womanizer. In some respects, this is the role that he was born to play. His training as an artist, a musician, and his struggles with alcohol bring a certain poignance to the role.

Gauguin has been called "the precursor to the hippies." In the 70s, Carradine was the embodiment of the hippy movement. Like Carradine, Gauguin enjoyed the company of women. Like Carradine, he often lived in poverty while he pursued his gift. Like Carradine, he believed in himself when others lost confidence. Fortunately, Carradine's talent is being newly recognized as a result of his fantastic performance in KILL BILL 2: Unlike Gauguin, Carradine will be able to enjoy his acclaim while he can still enjoy it!

If you haven't seen much of Carradine's work besides KUNG FU, this is a fine place to start. I'd also urge you to see BOXCAR BERTHA, THE LONG RIDERS, and his Oscar-nominated turn as Woody Guthrie in BOUND FOR GLORY. If you're up to some heavier viewing, try THE SERPENT'S EGG, directed by Ingmar Bergman. For the sheer fun of Carradine's quirky performance as a homicide detective investigating a series of bizarre slayings, see Q: THE WINGED SERPENT -- or the more recent MONSTER HUNTER (aka NATURAL SELECTION), in which Carradine plays an FBI Special Agent who may be insane, but who is hot on the trail of a serial killer who mails his victims' heads to his mother.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mente Selvagem See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nephi Productions Inc. See more »
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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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