Lust for Life

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor (co-director)
Production: MGM
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations.
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122 min

At 4:

I'm trembling inside of me

just as much as you are.

And I've been going down for 33 years.

- How old is that child?

- Eleven.

- How long has she been working here?

- A year.

Her father was killed in the explosion.

Listen, mister. Every now and then,

somebody comes here from the outside...

and tries to help us.

They mean well. So do you, probably,

but that doesn't help us at all, does it?


Come down! Somebody...

Why don't you come down

and wait with us?

What are you waiting for?

I've got a blanket in there

for one of the wounded, and some bread.

What about you?

Wait for me.

Van Gogh.

I see you don't remember us.

From the Committee

of the Messengers of the Faith.

I'm glad you've come. Did you bring

food and clothes for the families?

- Families?

- Another accident?

- You didn't know?

- I'm sorry to hear it.

- Were there many lost?

- Six.

- Four men, two children, 28 injured.

- Terrible.

I'll see what we can do.

It's unfortunate our visit

should have come at this time.

But it was Rev. Peeters' wish.

The purpose of our coming here

is an inspection.

Excuse me, gentlemen. I'll be right back.

- Just what is the meaning of this?

- You receive an allowance.

Why have you chosen to live in the most

wretched, filthy shack in this village?

Because we have no right to spread

the word of God to these people...

unless we suffer as they do.

You yourself are unclean.

Your clothes are ragged and dirty.

There are people here

who have no clothes.

Do you mean to tell us

you actually sleep on this dirt and straw...

like a beast of the field? You,

the spiritual leader of the community?

I gave my bed to a sick woman

who needed it more than I.

You are new in this work.

I have no doubt you mean well.

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Norman Corwin

Norman Lewis Corwin (May 3, 1910 – October 18, 2011) was an American writer, screenwriter, producer, essayist and teacher of journalism and writing. His earliest and biggest successes were in the writing and directing of radio drama during the 1930s and 1940s. Corwin was among the first producers to regularly use entertainment—even light entertainment—to tackle serious social issues. In this area he was a peer of Orson Welles and William N. Robson, and an inspiration to other later radio/TV writers such as Rod Serling, Gene Roddenberry, Norman Lear, J. Michael Straczynski and Yuri Rasovsky. He was the son of Samuel and Rose Corwin and was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Corwin was a major figure during the Golden Age of Radio. During the 1930s and 1940s he was a writer and producer of many radio programs in many genres: history, biography, fantasy, fiction, poetry and drama. He was the writer and creator of series such as The Columbia Workshop, 13 By Corwin, 26 By Corwin and others. He was a lecturer at the University of Southern California. Corwin won a One World Award, two Peabody Medals, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a duPont-Columbia Award; he was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Lust for Life (1956). On May 12, 1990, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Lincoln College. In 1996 he received the Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from California Lutheran University. Corwin was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1993. A documentary film on Corwin's life, A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Feature) in 2006. Les Guthman's feature documentary on Mr. Corwin's career, Corwin aired on PBS in the 1990s. He was inducted into the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Diamond Circle in 1994. more…

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