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- Carolyn Derricks
I wasn't really a Kirk Douglas fan, but he completely won me over in this film! From what I've read about Van Gogh, I think his performance was spot-on! He wasn't his usual larger than life Ulysses-hero self, but allowed himself to be sensitive, vulnerable, but driven and searching like Van Gogh was. I don't know how they ever thought of him for the role, but casting him was sheer genius, as was the casting of Anthony Quinn as Gauguin! The entire production was done with great taste, and the eye of a fellow artist, Vincent Minelli! Brilliant!
lust for life
- kevin sellers
As an artist biopic I'd put it well below "Frida" and "Mr Turner," but a few notches above "Moon And Sixpence" and "Rembrandt." In other words, a B minus.
great till the end
Classic film Acting magnificent. I wish the end of the film was also broadcast. Can't comment on the ending as it was cut off. Recorded it 7/24/14. Finally got time to watch it 1/30/15. Only to find the last 20 minutes (just a guess) was missing. TCM either posted the wrong playing times or -- nope there's no or. So my recording was incomplete. Some day I hope to see the end.
This production was filled with brilliant scenery. It was brilliantly directed, brilliantly acted, and brilliantly painted with darkness. Such brilliance is depressing.
Lust for Life
A biopic as passionate, maddening and dynamic as it's subject individual. Douglas won the Golden Globe for his vivid reincarnation of Vincent van Gogh, and although he has little screen time, Quinn made use of his presence and won a Supporting Actor Oscar as Paul Gauguin. The story is alive, but occasionally drags and feels too much like a history lesson. An excellent biopic about one of the worlds most famous painters. I give it a 4/5.
A Kirk Douglas must-see...
This film is why Kirk Douglas fans...are Kirk Douglas fans. I can understand why Douglas was so disappointed when he didn't win the Oscar for this role--it's clear he threw everything into this Van Gogh. I don't use the L word often when I talk about film, but...I love this film.
I first saw this movie on television when I was approximately 11 or 12 years old, and that was quite some time ago! I am just as mesmerized with Kirk Douglas' performance as Van Gogh whenever I watch it now as I was then! it is my absolute favorite of his movies! As a history buff, as well as an admirer of Mr. Douglas,I particularly enjoy watching it on the TCM channel due to it's lack of commercials. The life, struggle,and work of this brilliant artist was depictedly superbly by an equally brilliant actor! Kirk Douglas definitely SHOULD have won the Oscar for THIS one!!
My Favorite Kirk Film
- Camilo Shakir
This movie is dear to me. Van Gogh being a mentor, I was surprised how well Kirk Douglas performance was. I recommend this Film to anyone who champions passion
Kirk Douglas and his performance in Lust for Life
This was probably, one of Mr. Douglass's best overall role, I always felt Detective Story was one of his finest, but his portrayal of a suffering, passion filled Artist way surpasses, his other performances. Thank You, Ron L.
Kirk Wuz Robbed!
- Michael Valentine
Kirk Douglas lost out to Yul Brynner in "The King & I" for Best Actor Oscar and he was robbed. Although Brynner was having a good year with "The 10 Commandments" and "The Magnificent Seven." This, however, was Douglas at his intense best. Not simply by the passion and sensitivity of his portrayal but in his realisation of the multi-layered character of Vincent. Yet, this is also a significant film because of Vincente Minnelli's colourfully evocative direction and Miklos Rosza's moving score (which ought to be available on CD). The supporting cast of mostly British character actors/actresses provides a superb foundation to a film that has stood the test of time but has not received the recognition it deserves.
- Bob Galvin-Oliphant
One of the greatest living actors, Kirk Douglas, brings Van Gogh to life in this superb performance. Anthony Quinn is great as Gauguin. Original locations in France add to the magic of this film.