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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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Credited cast:
... Kee Vos (as Diane Agostini)
John Alexander ... Patient #3
... Vincent van Gogh
... Patient #4
John FitzGibbon ... Patient #5
... Paul Gauguin
Clarke Griffith ... Patient #7
Celia Howard ... Anna van Gogh
Thomas D. Kaufman ... Patient #1
John Lederer ... Patient #2
Matthew Marchetti ... Young Vincent
Edwin McDonough ... Reverend Rochedieu
Keith Perry ... Theodorus van Gogh
... Dr. Peyron
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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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 »


Vincent van Gogh: Someday I must be able to do a figure in just a few strokes. Imagine. In a few strokes, a man, a woman, a child with the head, body, and legs - - all in the right proportion.
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As close to insanity as you'll ever want to get
24 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

The legend of Van Gogh haunts the ages. What, we wonder, was behind those images. What did Vincent SEE??? The Eyes of Van Gogh will take you there - if you can learn to "paint the air".

Van Gogh wanted to push art beyond visual reality. He wanted to paint the air that we could sense but not see. He wanted to paint emotion. But his insanity stole reality from him. He couldn't tell what was real and what was a distortion of real. He fought the distortion with all his strength. He tried to capture reality by surrounding it with color. The distortions fought back, stealing his art equipment, surrounding him with darkness.

Alexander Barnett will take you into this fight - I said, take YOU INTO this fight. It's as close to insanity as you'll ever want to get.


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