Featuring glorious Metrocolor cinematography that takes its inspiration from the artist’s paintings, Lust for Life is among the best known and loved of Van Gogh’s many biographies. Vincent is the quintessential artistic genius, suffering from mental illness and the many failures that mark his personal and professional lives. Yet, there is also the unwavering support of his brother Theo as Vincent relentlessly pursues his completely singular artistic vision. From Hollywood’s greatest director of the musical, Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis), this grand melodrama is elevated likewise by the scenery-chewing presence of Kirk Douglas, whose “knotty, passionate self-destructiveness has seldom been put to better use,” in the words of Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader. Museum Films is very proud to bring this true Hollywood classic back to the big screen.
Director Vincente Minnelli | 1956 | In English | 122 minutes | NR | Bluray