Friday, June 24, 2005
Lust for Life is appropriately titled, for mere passion seems inadequate when describing this superb fictionalized biography
(based on Irving Stone's popular novel) of Vincent Van Gogh.
In a deservedly Oscar®- nominated performance, Kirk Douglas is physically and emotionally perfect as the tormented Dutch painter, whose life is chronicled from his ill-fated stint as a preacher to Belgian miners in 1878, to his Impressionist-inspired artistic awakening and psychological descent to suicide in 1890. , which centers on Van Gogh's stormy friendship with fellow artist Gaugin (Oscar-winner Anthony Quinn).
The artist's lust for life also fed his madness, and this film deeply understands the fine line in between.
--Jeff Shannon ... ....
Posted by Jim at 8:46 PM