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Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh

“The best film about a painter I have ever seen.” Roger Ebert

16 July 201924 July 2019

English with Thai subtitles

  

 

“Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh” is a documentary film by Australian director Paul Cox, exploring the last eight years of the artist’s life. Cox was attracted to the project because of his personal admiration for Vincent van Gogh:

“I found him such a compassionate, wonderful human being. That attracted me above all. I found him always honest, always real, always doing his utmost, and I related very much to his type of loneliness. It’s the loneliness, the dreadful loneliness that I’ve known all my life. That was still much stronger for me when I tried to become a film-maker – you know, up to 30, 35, I was terribly alone. I was not equipped for the world at all, and, at that level, that is a very similar background to Vincent.”

The screen images consist of a wide selection of the paintings and sketches, shown in a chronological sequence, supplemented by shots of the locations he lived in, and a number of dramatised reconstructions of biographical events. John Hurt reads the letters of Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo. The film was a popular hit on the art house circuit and ran for two years in New York City.

 

About the film

Director: Paul Cox
Country: Australia/Belgium
Year: 1987
Duration: 105 mins

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