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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece for a genius.
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...
Published on 7 Jun 2008 by Room for a View

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too long. Too French. And too much Soup !
This is an expensive dvd to buy but you do get quite a lot of film for your money. This film seems to be held as one of the best depictions of the real life of Vincent Van Gogh. I can understand why. The film strikes me as very French as it gets deep down inside Vincent's day to day life with all the domestic details thrown in. Some may find this fascinating. Others may...
Published on 4 Mar 2010 by Robert Blunden


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece for a genius., 7 Jun 2008
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This review is from: Van Gogh [1991] [DVD] (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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See!, 3 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Van Gogh [VHS] [1991] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Blu Ray, 21 Oct 2013
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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. There are good supplements to the Blu Ray including many interviews, a superb booklet, and a B&W short made on Van Gogh in the early 60's. It's only about 10 mins long but mentions one very interesting fact- that in those last two months at Auveus sur Oise, the period which this film depicts- he completed 70 paintings and 33 drawings! The world can be grateful, given his early death age 37, that this amount of work got done.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long. Too French. And too much Soup !, 4 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Van Gogh [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
This is an expensive dvd to buy but you do get quite a lot of film for your money. This film seems to be held as one of the best depictions of the real life of Vincent Van Gogh. I can understand why. The film strikes me as very French as it gets deep down inside Vincent's day to day life with all the domestic details thrown in. Some may find this fascinating. Others may find it tedious. I was fascinated at first but then boredom set in. After all, there are so many scenes sitting around a wooden table and eating countless bowls of soup. Soup rarely makes good cinema. Not even French Onion.

In the film's favour, it really does make a very brave attempt to show us the real man behind the fantasy that history has painted. Perhaps I am just a little too attracted to this fantasy than I care to admit. I just felt the day to day grind was just too much of a grind to watch. And there was not enough art for me. I wanted buckets of colour. Sure, Vincent does have to eat, he does have to deal with domestic issues, and no doubt he had to visit the WC now and then, but I don't really want to see this to remind me that he was a real living man, almost like you and me. I thought Lust For Life was too much fantasy. Well, maybe this is just too little fantasy. But it's enjoyable enough and often visually stunning. I'd just prefer a few more croutons in my soup. Or just less soup...
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish quality and no returns, 7 Oct 2013
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Perhaps this is a good film. Sadly it has no soundtrack, nothing. silent steam trains. Trees moving but no wind. people open their mouths but no sound comes out. Obviously a serious production mistake but it should really have been spotted BEFORE they send them out.
As for returns, i made an attempt to do so and was informed i would recieve something from someone called YELLOW which would make a return happen.
It didnt happen. more silence............. This is the last time that i will pre-order on amazon. very disappointing.
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