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The Eyes of Van Gogh (2005)

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After the disastrous months spent with Gauguin in the yellow house in Arles, Vincent van Gogh, in desperate search for a cure from attacks that increasingly plague him, voluntarily enters an insane asylum.

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Alexander Barnett
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Credited cast:
Diana Agostini ... Kee Vos (as Diane Agostini)
John Alexander John Alexander ... Patient #3
Alexander Barnett ... Vincent van Gogh
Dean Curtis Dean Curtis ... Patient #4
John FitzGibbon John FitzGibbon ... Patient #5
Lee Godart Lee Godart ... Paul Gauguin
Clarke Griffith Clarke Griffith ... Patient #7
Celia Howard Celia Howard ... Anna van Gogh
Thomas D. Kaufman Thomas D. Kaufman ... Patient #1
John Lederer John Lederer ... Patient #2
Matthew Marchetti Matthew Marchetti ... Young Vincent
Edwin McDonough Edwin McDonough ... Reverend Rochedieu
Keith Perry Keith Perry ... Theodorus van Gogh
Roy Thinnes ... Dr. Peyron
Ray Wasik Ray Wasik ... Patient #6
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As the director, the goal I set for myself in transferring the film script to the screen was never to present but rather to uncover. I employ a subjective camera throughout the entire film. The idea is to get inside Vincent's head. Everything seen and felt is from his point of view. In order to achieve this, the camera, rather than viewing the action, will always be within it. We strove to give objective expression to inner experience, i.e., to show what Vincent was thinking and feeling; to show how a memory, dream or hallucination registers in his mind: texture, sound, color, shape, tempo. The purpose is not for the audience merely to be a witness, but rather for them to live within the image and to participate psychologically in the action. Vincent's mind, from beginning to end, is always engaged. His confusion, struggle, bewilderment and desperation grow and grow. He is never totally in one place. When he is in the past he still retains some of the present and vice versa. Many ... Written by Alexander Barnett

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Van Gogh Productions See more »
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In 2015, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will commemorate the 125th anniversary of van Gogh's death. They will be showing clips from the film The Eyes of Van Gogh throughout the year. See more »

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Vincent van Gogh: Without substance there is no art.
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Intense and enlightening
14 June 2007 | by jlaskoSee all my reviews

Some movies are entertaining. Others are an experience. Alexander Barnett's Van Gogh biopic definitely falls into the latter category. Far from "guilty pleasure" fare, "The Eyes of Van Gogh" is a skillful and passionate portrayal of a talented yet tortured artist. This movie will educate you about the world of this struggling genius, even as it compels you to feel compassion for Van Gogh in his sad state. Competition, debt, insanity, rejection--all of these themes swirl Vincent's reality much like the colors in his paintings...you'll be relieved to view reality for yourself again at the end. But if you let it, the movie may remind you of all you have to be grateful for, and even challenge you to look at your own life through slightly different eyes.


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