Vincent (1987 film)
|Vincent (1987 film)|
|Directed by||Paul Cox|
|Written by||Paul Cox|
|Starring||John Hurt, Marika Rivera and Gabriella Trsek|
|Narrated by||John Hurt|
|Box office||AU$301,205 (Australia)|
Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh is a documentary film by Australian director Paul Cox, exploring the last eight years of the artist's life. Cox was attracted to the project because of his personal admiration for Van Gough:
I found him such a compassionate, wonderful human being. That attracted me above all. I found him always honest, always real, always doing his utmost, and I related very much to his type of loneliness. It's the loneliness, the dreadful loneliness that I've known all my life. That was still much stronger for me when I tried to become a film-maker - you know, up to 30, 35, I was terribly alone. I was not equipped for the world at all, and, at that level, that is a very similar background to Vincent.
The screen images consist of a wide selection of the paintings and sketches, shown in a chronological sequence, supplemented by shots of the locations he lived in, and a number of dramatised reconstructions of biographical events.
The film was a popular hit on the art house circuit and ran for two years in New York.
- "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria accessed 24 October 2012
- "Interview with Paul Cox", Signet, 13 January 2001 accessed 18 November 2012
- David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p114
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