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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.


Alexander Barnett
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Credited cast:
Diana Agostini Diana Agostini ... Kee Vos (as Diane Agostini)
John Alexander John Alexander ... Patient #3
Alexander Barnett ... Vincent van Gogh
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


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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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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The Eyes of Van Gogh has been included in The Encyclopedia of Best Films: A Century of All the Finest Films by Jay Robert Nash - 2019. The Eyes of Van Gogh, 2005. See more »


Vincent van Gogh: You see, doctor, I love life, I love nature, I love to paint, to read, to see people and things and... I'm not a martyr. I hate suffering. I don't accept it as a natural way of life. I want to live. I want to work. The work is my only cure.
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An intense and haunting portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh as only Barnett can deliver.
11 May 2007 | by p_pellecchiaSee all my reviews

This movie will stir your soul. Barnett draws us in, leaving us emotionally drained, as he brings to life Vincent's struggles and what must have been his tortured state of mind during those dark years. We are immersed into Vincent's mind.

Also noteworthy, Roy Thinnes'performance as Dr. Peyron.

I thought the sets and costuming were too drab but that did not deter from the, at times, riveting performances on screen.

All in all, this is a noteworthy work. Hope to see more of Barnett on film. He comes across as well on film as he does on stage.

Would love to see some of his earlier work come alive on the screen.

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