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Lust for Life [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Kirk Douglas , Anthony Quinn , Vincente Minnelli , George Cukor    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown, Everett Sloane
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA4HY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,797 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Lust for Life captures the ecstasy of art, and the agony of one man's life. Kirk Douglas gives a fierce portrayal of Van Gogh, an artist torn between the joyous inspiration of his genius and the dark desperation of his tormented mind.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film that deserves a Special Edition! 22 April 2006
In 1956 Director Vincent Minnelli took in his hands the first film biopic of the famous impressionist painter Vincent Van Gog.Adapted from the Irwin Stone novel it was MGM's prestigue film of the year gathering several Oscar nominations.
The task of bringuing to the screen the passionate and dramatic life of a true revolutionary artist couldn't be easy but Minnelli did a wonderful job recreating the life and times of Van Gog. Lust for Life is undoubtly a 1950ths classic with a brilliant cinemathography by Freddy Young, great score by Miklos Rosza, beautiful Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons and of course wonderful acting by Kirk Douglas as Van Gog and Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin(winner of the Oscar for best suporting actor of 1956)! This being said its just a shame that such a wonderful film didn't guet the Special Edition treatment! Even it!!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I want to create things that touch people" 2 Jun 2004
With an uncanny resemblance to the self-portraits of Vincent Van Gogh, Kirk Douglas is perfect for this detailed and wonderful production of the artist's life; it's a passionate performance of a troubled soul, whose creative urges battled with his mental illness.
The film has an intelligent script by Norman Corwin, based on Irving Stone's biographical novel. It picks up the story around 1879, when Van Gogh was 26 years old, and went to minister (unsuccessfully) to the coal miners of a destitute area, and from there takes us through his many different abodes, his relationship with "Christine", who is well played by Pamela Brown, and the flourishing of his art in his last 15 years of life.
The art direction is superb, and the recreations of the places Van Gogh painted a marvel, among them the famous yellow house he lived in and its bedroom, and my favorite, the pool hall, with its hanging lamps.
The cinematography by Freddy Young and Russell Harlan is terrific, and we get many full screen views of the original paintings, many of them lesser known pieces from private collections.
This was a multi-award winning film, and garnered an Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Anthony Quinn, who is fabulous as Paul Gauguin, whose personality was the complete opposite of his friend Van Gogh; the ego clashes when they attempted to live together are well illustrated in several scenes, and with a little addition to his nose, Quinn has been made to look exactly like Gauguin's famous self-portrait with the snake.
James Donald is excellent as Vincent's patient and generous brother, who was Van Gogh's central means of support for most of his lifetime, both financially and of his paintings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great.... 24 Feb 2010
I procrastinate a lot. But I recently got around to watching this 1956 film version of the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh. I have long been a keen 'fan' of Van Gogh's paintings but the ever growing myth about the man and his madness has long put me off watching this film. But I decided I needed to see what I was missing, and I'm glad I did. I learned nothing new ( besides how infuriating it can be to navigate some of the menu options ), but it is a good film in that it does indeed portray the popular view of the tormented and mad genius and the characters he came into contact with. His brother of course is perhaps the real hero and maybe one day a book or film might be done more from that angle, after all there are more close friends and relatives who suffer than we like to imagine when 'good art' is at stake. But here we have a very watchable film of the man and all the myth and characature that goes with it, seen from the nineteen-fifties. To be honest, the film has aged well as much of the myth still lurks in 2010. Vincent's letters ( which I saw in Amsterdam last year ) are a testimony to the dedication and sanity of this visionary artist. But we like our artists to be a little mad. And preferably dead too. For us, Vincent provides a feast. The film is not the real man. Not the real Vincent. But its a nice introduction and captures vividly the man as portrayed most commonly. I want to NOT like the film but I cannot help but recommend it, if only as a way to introduce you to the art and one view of the man who deserves to be remembered, and loved still. Yes, its taken me fifty-four years to get around to watching this film. But I have been quite busy.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last.... 7 Mar 2006
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I have been waiting years for this to come out on DVD and at long last it is being released. Two things that I love about this film. Firstly the real paintings were used (not prints) throughout most of the film. They are beautifully shot closeup. Secondly the music score by Miklos Rozsa is sublime. When the paintings and music are combined, well words cannot do justice.
There are a number of scenes where a shot seques from Van Gogh actually painting one of his masterpieces to the painting itself. Again this is marvellous stuff.
Naturally the acting is good, Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn spark well off each other and rest of the cast are all good.
But I have to come back to the paintings and the music...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 8 Dec 2006
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This film about Van Gogh's life is excellent. You do not have to an art lover or conniseur to enjoy this story. Kirk Douglas deserved to win an Oscar for his performance of the troubled artist. But he didn't. Isn't it funny that the best artists are often overlooked?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kirk Douglas best films.
Kirk Douglas gave an insightful portrayal of a tormented soul whose humanity and vulnerability are portrayed so vividly.This film is visually are his paintings.. Read more
Published 9 days ago by stephen paul copping
5.0 out of 5 stars The film feels pretty dated in it's style
The film feels pretty dated in it's style, but Freddie Young's cinematography and Kirk Douglas' performance make it worth the watch. Shame the print quality is quite bad. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Joanne Branfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Lust for life dvd
I had seen this film before but my partner hadn't. Portrays the live of Vincent Van Gogh. A great movie.
Published 2 months ago by curly
3.0 out of 5 stars A cliché
Sticks to the factual details of van Gogh's life without giving any insight into those details. A parade of his life's events and stage sets reproducing places made famous in his... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marcolorenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
Kirk Douglas took over a year off from film making after this film, when you watch it you'll know why. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MR A B WILKIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!
The story of Van Gogh's life especially his early calling as a missionary and his work amongst poor miners is moving. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alan Darley
5.0 out of 5 stars LUST FOR LIFE
Knowing this film very very well, (one of my top ten all time favourites) I decided it needed to replace my old video cassette version. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pamela Franic
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful insight into madness.
Expertly defined acting showing the often tortured mind of Van Gogh; brilliantly portrayed by classical acting and splendid scenery. Magic.
Published 10 months ago by R Francis
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic performance
The performance of the actors, based on his story "Lust for life", does the film realistic and i like too se him painting.
Published 11 months ago by Jon E. Johnsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd
this also was a very good dvd once you learn how to click on to the right languige (ie u.k.) although i have seen this film in the cinema many many years ago i still enjoyed it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Al Gee
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