Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, February 19, 2011

4:00 PM

(USA/1956—directed by Vincente Minnelli)

In his memorable, Oscar®- nominated performance, Kirk Douglas is physically and emotionally uncanny as the tormented Dutch painter, whose life is chronicled from his ill-fated stint as a preacher to Belgian miners to his artistic awakening, stormy friendship with fellow artist Paul Gaugin (Anthony Quinn), commercial failure and subsequent psychological descent leading to his suicide in 1890. Vincente Minnelli brought a vitality and an intelligence uncommon to biopics to this project, using then-innovative camera techniques and a rich, appropriate color palate to vividly recreate Van Gogh's paintings, filming on the actual Dutch and French locations where Van Gogh lived and worked. Presented in conjunction with the DIA’s Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries exhibition, and introduced by Salvador Salort-Pons, Associate Curator of European Paintings. (122 min.)