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Van Gogh [1991] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jacques Dutronc, Alexandra London, Gerard Sety, Bernard Le Coq
  • Directors: Maurice Pialat
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A7IHQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,476 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pialat's stunningly beautiful portrait of Van Gogh's last days - widely acclaimed as the best film about the artist ever made - stars Jacques Dutronc, whose powerful performance earned him a César Award for Best Actor. The film is set between May and July 1890 in the French village of Auvers, where Van Gogh went to consult the local physician Dr Gachet and to convalesce from his year-long stay in an asylum. This was a period of great creative activity, when he painted a new canvas every day, including some of his great masterpieces. Vivid scenes in brothels and Bohemian Cafés, swirling village dances and pastoral panoramas combine to make an unforgettable film, which confirmed Pialat as one of French cinema's greatest directors.

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Pialat is one of the finest living French filmmakers, and Van Gogh, his tenth feature, is arguably one of his best. --Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

An extraordinary film....We flatter ourselves that if we were around in 1890, we would have recognized Van Gogh's genius and changed his fate. But we probably wouldn't have - just as we probably don't recognize the Van Goghs among us now. In this sad, brilliant film, Pialat gives us a terrible inkling of why. --Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Room for a View VINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
For me Pialat's low key treatment of Van Gogh's last few weeks is a remarkable film - beautifully shot with tremendous acting supported by an intelligent screenplay. Dutronc produces a Van Gogh tortured by the spectre of mental ill health, interspersed with the everyday activities of a quiet rural village, a compassionate patron and his frivolous daughter, including an outing with Theo at a musical Parisian brothel! The great artist is seen at work but there is no sense of the isolated, melodramatic genius depicted in other films. On the contrary Van Gogh appears quite normal, conveying generous warmth to those around him, frolicking by the riverside and interested in the lives of others. When the end finally arrives it is treated with sublime sensitivity and, to some extent, a certain inevitability.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian John Greier on 31 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
I borrowed this item from a local library and it turned out to be a little disappointing. Not what I was expecting. I cannot remember too many specifics of names and places, etc concerning the film in-depth and cannot go into details but my review is'nt glowing over its achievment. Well acted and good period 'sets' and deserving of the awards given or nominated for, but, if anyone was expecting a portrayal of a tortured artist, fractious, uneasy relationships with bemused and often hostile neighbours, a non-conformist man of passions raging against a world that dose'nt accept nor understand him - this film is NOT for you. This is a luke-warm only portrayal of Van Gogh's last few months before his suicide and the style of filming of this biopic is of a 'down-to-earth' kind; reasonable and easy for the general viewer to relate to. This 2 hour long flick has Van Gogh surrounded with frivolity and spirited freinds, in the bosom of ordinary family life, of all the usual good times and bad that comes with it, occassional conflicting interests of the everyday, chummy relationships with fellows at his last home town and intimacies with women who understand and comfort him just when he needs it most upon his release from care. A man at the hub of everyday life, 'artistic' and lay, in late 19th century France, only occassionally seen at his easel. Not at all a man at odds with people and life around him ! I was within 1/2 hour of the film opening already beginning to see this bloke not as the "tormented genius" persona that has grown up over the 100 years but just as a really very ordinary everyday chap who - happens to paint, has a mental breakdown (and this is rationalised enough, hardly even visible really) and at some point in his life and has to come to terms with this.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GVC on 21 Oct. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Maurice Pialat did not always get the acclaim of being among the greatest of directors while he was alive. Now with Eureka having released pretty much all his features on DVD (and this- van Gogh - on Blu Ray)and viewing the films one after another, it seems to me there is no question about his greatness. Even in his debut feature L' Enfance-nue his talent is evident. (The one feature Eureka have not got hold of is Loulou- which Artificial Eye have released and is well worth seeing too).

This, his 158 min long tribute to Van Gogh is among his very best. Once you get used to lanky Jacques Dutronc playing him in the first couple of minutes (Van Gogh painted so many self portraits and we all know what he should look like) you can settle into this langurous take on the last two months of Van Gogh's like, from the time of his release from the mental institution, to his death from complications form a suicide attempt. Although it may bother many that Pialat does not spend much time to show Van Gogh furiously painting, I think that was the exact approach to take. After all when this film was made, in 1991, 100 years after Van Gogh's death, we the audience dont need reminding what a genius he was! What interests us was what was his day to day life like, and this is where the film scores. Pailat will take his time not just with Van Gogh but with others around him- his brother Theo and wife. or Dr Gachet and his daughter Marguriette (with whom he has an affair), the women from Paris brothels etc. There are scence and set pieces here as beautiful and fluid as anything by Jean Renoir ( but in colour and bathed in glorious summer light!)The Blu Ray postiviely glows!

It is a film to own and revist if Von Gogh's paintings mean anything to you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
A cold, chilling, interpretation of Vincent's last days. Actor Jacques Dutronc picked up the 1992 Cesar Award for his performance as Vincent as his demise to madness finally causes him to commit suicide. Dutronc play Vincent as removed and seemigly not always 'quite with it.' His performance is brooding and sometimes confusing which makes you want and need to see this film again and again, discovering something new about Vincent upon each viewing.
'Towering...powerful...masterly...this is a film to savour' Said The Times and they were right!
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This terrific film looks at the last few weeks of Van Gogh's life. Van Gogh is played brilliantly by Jacques Dutronc, the French singer and actor. The film is sad, because if you know anything about Van Gogh's life you know how it will end, but it's also exhilarating, for two reasons: 1) it conveys the mastery of this painter who devoted his life to his art and 2) filmmaking this good is always exhilarating to watch. It's a major accomplishment by director Maurice Pialat and his team. A beautiful film - highly recommended!
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