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Vincent And Theo [DVD] [1990]

Tim Roth , Anne Canovas , Robert Altman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tim Roth, Anne Canovas, Hans Kesting, Paul Rhys
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Prism Leisure Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002K102K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Director Robert Altman explores the relationship between Vincent Van Gogh (Tim Roth) and his brother Theo (Paul Rhys). Life for Vincent is difficult, he struggles financially and his mental health suffers accordingly. Meanwhile Theo is having little success as a gallery owner, and is troubled in his marriage with Jo Bonger (Johanna Tersteege). The film contrasts the poverty which surrounded both brothers with the affluence of the contemporary art world.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The relationship between the obsessive, brilliant painter Vincent Van Gogh and his more practical brother Theo is at the center of director Robert Altman's well-received biography, originally produced as a miniseries for European television. Now universally acknowledged as masterpieces, Vincent Van Gogh's works were ignored in his lifetime, despite the best efforts of Theo, a struggling gallery owner. When he fails to make a profit from his brother's work, Theo finds himself torn between art and commerce, a conflict deepened by Vincent's increasing emotional neediness. Soon, the situation worsens, and both brothers are forced to struggle with depression and madness. Altman's distinctive directorial approach avoids clichés, allowing his leads to create contradictory and sometimes unlikable characters. Tim Roth captures Vincent's devotion to his art, his difficult personality, and his descent into mental illness without resorting to histrionics, while Paul Rhys provides equally proficient work as the more repressed Theo. The cinematography by Jean Lepine illuminates the links between Altman's trademark wandering camera and Van Gogh's impressionistic painting style.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Vincent & Theo

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A woefully overlooked Altman masterpiece 23 Aug 2010
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
A woefully overlooked film, this is one of my very favorite by Altman. Amazing acting by Tim Roth and Paul Rhys, and the whole film is tremendously moving.

For me, Altman achieves a sort of dream state far more interesting than in the more critically acclaimed `3 Women'. He manages to make you feel the whole story as completely real, as if you were there in history, and yet, it has a fractured, dreamlike quality, with moments left unexplained and mysterious, but always making emotional sense.

I don't know any film that better captures the pain of being an artist, or the pain of being unable to save someone you love. Also, the whole film looks gloriously like a painting.

There are two cuts, one being the 134 minute US theatrical version, and the other a far longer version originally made for European TV. Normally I'd support the longer version as more complete, but I actually think the rhythms are far better in the US theatrical cut. While some of the extra material is interesting, most of it is clunky, expository and deserved to be cut. It makes the whole piece feel more literal and on the nose, taking away from the dreamy, subjective quality of madness that the feature version has. By explaining everything we emotionally understand less not more. If you can get ahold of it, try and see the theatrical cut.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Sep 2010
I first saw this film a few years ago during my degree, and thought it was one of the best films I'd seen in a very long time. The intimate yet abstract portrayal of an artists passion for his work is fantastically portrayed by Tim Roth as Vincent, though what stole the show for me was his relationship with his brother, Theo. The raw acting from both actors gives a strong impression of their passion and will to support each other and survive under weighted conditions of social classes at the time. I drew comparisons with the film 'Pollock' (Directed/starring Ed Harris as the artist Jackson Pollock) with the artist struggling to support himself emotionally/spiritually, in a modernising world.

Having now bought the film, I was dissapointed to notice how overpowering the music is across various scenes, especially during the first half of the film. It really destroys any intimacy and sense of feeling, which seems ironic given the portrayal of the characters..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deceptively simple 23 Jun 2012
By alda
I borrowed the film to see Tim Roth in it, and I came out of it seeing the well-known story of Van Gogh and his brother in a slightly different way. Theo, who names his child Vincent, Vincent who, perhaps, tries to lessen his brother's financial difficulties by getting out of the way . . . not knowing that his brother, too, was clinging on him for his life. It may seem overly dramatic, the way the story was told, hovering, in fact, between restraint and the overly dramatic . . . with Tim Roth making his very expressive faces when he takes in a scene, baring his teeth, tasting paint, dragging himself home after shooting himself . . . but somehow it works really well for the topic, feels like the best way to say the story of Vincent and Theo. Theo is almost just as tormented as his brother, trying to do what other expect him to, never really caring for money except as far as it may help others: his brother, his wife, even Gauguin.

There's a lot of expressive color in the movie: on Van Gogh's paintings, on his clothes, his face, a lot of black at funerals that stands out, sun flowers and other fields . . . The interiors are also nice, photographed so you could take in their layout, their details . . . The costumes, too, stand out, the prostitute's in the beginning among them. Every little scene, in fact, is carefully constructed in terms of dialogue, camera movement, colors, which all give very theatrical effects.

A really good film, which at first seems deceptively simple.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Film let down by atrocious soundtrack 18 Nov 2007
The cinematography in this film was done very well, with colours faithful to Van Gogh's paintings. There is one part of the film which was very cleverly done - you believed you were looking at a real scene showing a beach and buildings, even the sound of the surf and birds is utterly convincing, but it turns out to be a trompe lo'eil.

However clever the photography may be for this film, the film itself is let down considerably by the atrocious soundtrack. The background music is discordant, harsh, jarring, incongruous and so loud it sometimes drowned out the dialogue. I suppose the composer was trying to show Van Gogh's chaotic state of mind, with all that screeching and crashing and scratching; well, if he wanted to drive viewers mad as well then he certainly succeeded with me! I was so put off by the music that I could not finish watching the film. If you must watch this film, then I would recommend putting it on mute!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vincent & theo (DVD) 13 Jan 2011
By tobykin
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An excellent portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh and his brother. It was rather long but I enjoyed every minute of it and also Robert Altman's explanation on how he produced the film was enlightening. I would definitely recommend it to all art lovers.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie. 30 April 2008
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The movie is about love and loneliness of a man who became one of the greatest painters in our history after his death unfortunately. It is a beautifull story of brothers' love, their sensitivity, support and about a very sad end of their lives. Worth seeing!
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