Van Gogh

Van Gogh

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Director: Maurice Pialat

Cast: Jacques Dutronc, Alexandra London, Gerard Sety

     
 

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Running nearly three hours, Maurice Pialat's Van Gogh is a leisurely paced look at the famous painter's final year. Pialat's portrait differs from many other films in that he shows Van Gogh (Jacques Dutronc) as being reasonably sane and he focuses on the everyday events of the painter's life and art.

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Running nearly three hours, Maurice Pialat's Van Gogh is a leisurely paced look at the famous painter's final year. Pialat's portrait differs from many other films in that he shows Van Gogh (Jacques Dutronc) as being reasonably sane and he focuses on the everyday events of the painter's life and art.

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French director Maurice Pialat takes an unromantic, unapologetic view of the last two months in the life of famous painter Vincent Van Gogh. While other cinematic depictions of the tragic end of Van Gogh's life have emphasized his mental instability or offered various psychological theories for his suicidal impulses, Pialat's drama is matter-of-fact. Jacques Dutronc shows the artist to be a witty, fatalistic genius. It's an antidote to the excessive melodrama of portrayals such as the classic Hollywood treatment in 1956's Lust for Life, but it will not satisfy those viewers who want easy answers. Pialat is a veteran French filmmaker known for his realism; as in many of Pialat's films, the character portrayal here is more important than the plot.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2016
UPC:
0741952817390
Original Release:
1991
Source:
Cohen Media Group
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:39:00
Sales rank:
4,067

Special Features

Interview with actor Jacques Dutronc; Interview with actor Bernard Le Coq; Interview with cinematographer Emmanuel Machuel; Interview withe director Xavier Giannoli; Deleted scenes; Original trailer; Re-release trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jacques Dutronc Vincent Van Gogh
Alexandra London Marguerite Gachet
Gerard Sety Gachet
Bernard Le Coq Theo Van Gogh
Corinne Bourdon Jo
Elsa Zylberstein Cathy
Leslie Azzoulai Adeline Ravoux
Jacques Vidal Ravoux
Lisa Lamétrie Madame Ravoux
Claudine Ducret Piano teacher
Chantal Barbarit Madame Chevalier
Gilbert Pignol Gilbert
Julien Haurant Coco
Jean-Marc Bouget Aurier
Frederic Bonpart La Mouche
Maurice Coussonneau Chaponval
André Bernot La butte rouge
Didier Barbier The idiot
Patrick Lecroc Monsieur Henri
Sylvie Mathias Suzanne V.
Edith Vesperini Une fille
Arlette Walsque Une fille
Virginie Bergeret Une fille

Technical Credits
Maurice Pialat Director,Songwriter,Screenwriter
André Bernot Score Composer
Jean-Marc Bouget Score Composer
Yan Dedet Editor
Daniel Toscan du Plantier Producer
Jean-Pierre Duret Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Dutronc Score Composer
Nathalie Hubert Editor
Emmanuel Machuel Cinematographer
Philippe Pallut Production Designer
Philippe Reverdy Score Composer
Edith Vesperini Costumes/Costume Designer
Katia Wyszkop Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Films of Maurice Pialat: Volume 3 - Van Gogh
1. Meeting Doctor Gachet [11:21]
2. Room And Board [9:43]
3. A Painting For Marguerite [10:33]
4. The Countryside [9:47]
5. Theo [11:19]
6. Garden Party [10:35]
7. Part Of The Problem [6:44]
8. The Doctor's Daughter [10:28]
9. Dangerous Company [10:58]
10. He Could Have Been Great [7:46]
11. End Of The Line [11:51]
12. Harsh Realities [8:43]
13. Blowing Off Steam [11:01]
14. Great Artist, Loathsome Man [8:39]
15. Final Days [11:01]
16. The Hanged Man's House [8:19]
Disc #2 -- The Films of Maurice Pialat: Volume 3 - Van Gogh Bonus Features
1. Chapter 1 [21:26]
1. Chapter 1 [24:19]
1. Chapter 1 [31:36]
1. Chapter 1 [40:21]

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Van Gogh 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheTunnelDVD More than 1 year ago
This is, without a doubt, the most brilliant film ever made about the tormented painter. Anyone who says otherwise is an imbecile. Jacques Dutronc is absolutely brilliant in the title role. He plays Van Gogh with an understated sense of mood. This is not a portrayal of an insane man. There is no ear-cutting scene or any manic type of behavior whatsoever. That has all been done before and director Pialat does a magnificent job of steering clear of it. Instead, the last 67 days of Van Gogh's life is captured with what might be called a "painting within a painting". Every scene is gorgeous, a true work of beautiful artistry. Though it is true that many of the things that happen may not be entirely accurate from what is historically known about the artist...somehow, I didn't care. This film is one of the greatest ever made, and for those of you who thought it was too long and boring, well, go see the puke that Hollywood churns out...For, in my opinion, this movie could have lasted forever.