Terry Catchpole
October 18, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
performer
John Hurt
director
Paul Cox
distributor
Roxie Home Video
author
Paul Cox
genre
Animation, Documentary
We gave it a B

For a straight-from-the-bottle supplement to Altman’s dramatic vision, viewers can seek out Paul Cox’s (Man of Flowers) acclaimed 99-minute documentary of van Gogh’s life, Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh. Against a backdrop of paintings and scenes of the regions in which they were created, actor John Hurt reads long, painfully introspective passages from the artist’s diaries and letters. The aesthetic vision of filmmakers like Altman and Cox notwithstanding, it is van Gogh’s works and his words that speak most movingly of the man and his pain. B

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