Lust for Life
Biography / Drama
Directed by Vincente Minnelli and George Cukor
Kirk Douglas as Vincent van Gogh
Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin
James Donald as Theo van Gogh
Pamela Brown as Christine
Everett Sloane as Dr. Gachet
Henry Daniell as Theodorus van Gogh
Madge Kennedy as Anna Cornelia van Gogh
Noel Purcell as Anton Mauve
Niall MacGinnis as Roulin
Jill Bennett as Willemien
Lionel Jeffries as Dr. Peyron
Laurence Naismith as Dr. Bosman
Eric Pohlmann as Colbert
Jeanette Sterke as Kay
Toni Gerry as Johanna
The development of intellectual but distressful artist Vincent van Gogh.
Lust for Life is a biographical film released by MGM in 1956, directed by Vincente Minnelli. The movie was filmed in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.
Based on Irving Stone’s 1934 biography of Vincent Van Gogh, Lust for Life is a portrayal of the life of the artist (1853 – 1890).
Van Gogh is depicted as a tormented man, suffering with bouts of mental illness and depression. He is full of self-doubt, felling unable to produce the art that he can so clearly envision in his head.
He is supported and strengthened throughout his life by his brother, Theo, and helped and challenged by his friendship with artist Paul Gauguin.
Kirk Douglas said, on his role as Van Gogh, “Acting is make-believe. I never believe I’m the character; I want you to believe. But with Lust for Life, I got so involved with van Gogh… it really was frightening, because I felt like the character was overtaking me. It was a very, very interesting experience. I have never felt that way on any other picture.”
Lust for Life - Trailer