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
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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If you see "Lust for Life", then by all means try to see this featurette
I loved this little making of featurette for "Lust for Life". Much of this is probably due to how much I adore the feature--and all the little insights into the feature that you find in "Darkness Into Light" make the film all the better.
This short film is very intimate compared to the other featurettes I've seen over the years. Instead of interviewing an actor or director in a studio, Kirk Douglas talks to the audience as he walks about talking about the film, the film shoot and all the wonderful details the production gets right about the artist's life. You also, briefly, get to meet someone who actually knew Van Gogh! All in all, I loved this short film from start to finish and it really helped me see just how far the producer and directors went to get every detail just right.
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