Lust for Life

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MGM UA Released 1956

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Director:
Vincente Minnelli
Released:
1956
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Lust for Life (1956) gives Kirk Douglas an Oscar-nominated role as the tragic Vincent Van Gogh, the great 19th-century artist who knew nothing but failure in his short life. Awkward, socially maladroit and excitable, Van Gogh quarrels with his stern father, Theodorus, and depends on his brother, Theo, for support. Although an extraordinarily accomplished and prolific artist, Vincent cannot find success and quarrels with fellow painter, Paul Gauguin, with whom he shares a studio in Arles. When his mental health begins to deteriorate, Vincent enters a mental institution, but its doctors cannot help him; as he continues to decline, the only things that give him peace are the spectacular paintings he continues to produce.

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      • Vincente Minnelli made this film under considerable pressure, as he had also committed to directing a film version of the stage musical Kismet for M-G-M during 1956. He began work on Kismet first, working at far greater speed than usual, but there were various problems and delays during the preparation of Lust For Life (a project of far greater importance to Minnelli) as well as difficulties in the filming of Kismet and there were even periods when he had to shuttle from one production to the other and back again. One upshot of this was that a few days' shooting on Lust For Life were actually directed by an uncredited George Cukor, whilst Stanley Donen directed one scene in Kismet.

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