Sep 15, 1956 · Vincent Van Gogh is the archetypical tortured artistic genius. His obsession with painting, combined with mental illness, propels him through an unhappy life full of failures and unrewarding relationships.
Kirk Douglas as Vincent van Gogh Vincent van Gogh (3,563 artworks, 29,647 followers) Vincent Willem van Gogh (Dutch: [ˈvɪnsɛnt ˈʋɪləm vɑn ˈɣɔx] ( listen);[note 1] 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in …
His role as Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956), directed by Vincente Minnelli and based on Irving Stone’s best-seller, was filmed mostly on location in France. Douglas was noted not only for the veracity of van Gogh’s appearance but for how he conveyed the painter’s internal turmoil.
Kirk Douglas was born to play Van Gogh. Just as Marlon Brando was born to play Zapata. (Everything is connected to everything). Kirk was able to channel the great artist’s spirit and to amazingly transform himself onscreen into the wildly talented and tortured soul that was Vincent Van Gogh.