Apr 15

Movie of the Week #114 – Lust For Life

Lust For Life

A few of you know I’m a bit of an artist, which just saying that sounds incredibly conceded to me – I’d prefer to say I like to create things, draw, paint, take pictures but unfortunately for me my creative drive has been  in a deep coma for quite awhile – mainly because being an artist doesn’t pay very well (at least here), I have to eat, drink and be merry nor do I don’t have a rich brother to fund my habits… there have been days, weeks, months that I have stared at a blank canvas and said ‘screw it I’ve got nothing’ – so here lately I’ve been on a personal quest to revitalize my creative drive some how some way before I die and the only way you do that is to do it – don’t think about it, don’t talk about it, just do it and STFU… so that brings us to this weeks movie – the ever so creative albeit slightly mad Vincent Van Gogh who churned out several paintings a day at times – I like some of Van Gogh’s stuff but frankly I think he was quite limited in his range and somewhat over rated – oh did you know that in his lifetime Van Gogh only sold one painting, just one – “The Red Vineyard”.  Frankly in my opinion it’s not very good, but what do I know I’m not in the Louvre … yet.

Anyway the movie…

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. He fails at being a preacher to coal miners. He fails in his relationships with women. He earns some respect among his fellow painters, especially Paul Gauguin, but he does not get along with them. He only manages to sell one painting in his lifetime. The one constant good in his life is his brother Theo, who is unwavering in his moral and financial support.

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