Vincent & Theo

Synopsis: It's the late nineteenth century. Adult Dutch brothers Vincent Van Gogh and Theo Van Gogh, living in Paris, lead differing lives despite having art as a connection. Vincent, who sticks to his principles which includes believing in God but not religion, wants to be a full time painter, living in squalor for his art. Theo, who works in an art gallery, lives for the moment, he selling art which he doesn't much like to lead a comfortable life. One other area of commonality between the brothers is easily succumbing to pleasures of the flesh. Theo does not sell Vincent's art, as he knows it is not in demand. Vincent's view of his brother does not change when he learns it is Theo, and not their father which he had previously thought, who is supporting him. Each brother is a tortured soul - in Vincent's case, it considered in some circles as madness - which affects how each deals with his respective life. Beyond the several sexual relationships each has, some key moments and more extended peri
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Robert Altman
Production: Hemdale Film Corporation
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
65
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
PG-13
Year:
1990
138 min
91 Views


I can't understand...

how he has abandoned you

being pregnant.

None of my children

had a father.

I thought you just had Maria.

It was one before Maria

and other after her. They died.

I'm sorry.

It doesn't matter. It's the best

thing that could happen to them.

What could I offer to them?

I should go to Leyden.

What is there in Leyden?

The maternity hospital.

The doctor told me,

when I had the last one:

If you get pregnant again...

come back immediately.

I've got something

inside that isn't okay.

I could take you to

Leyden if you want.

Why would you do it?

Because I want to.

Al right

- Fine.

Can drink something?

- Yes.

Have a rest.

Are you painting me?

Yes.

You can't do that.

Why?

Paint me when I'm posing

not when I'm myself.

I'm sorry, I'll stop.

I have to go.

It's raining.

Why don't you stay?

Why don't you stay...

and live here?

There's always room for

one more at the table.

And I could paint you.

You must pay me for posing.

I'm a prostitute.

I know...

...and I'll pay you.

I've a terrible temper.

- Me too.

And I want to bring Maria.

I don't want to leave her.

You can bring Maria.

I'll paint her too.

Okay, I'm going to stay.

Are you going to stay?

- Yes.

I'm glad.

Are you painting me yet?

No, I'm painting

this pipe, the eggs...

the bottle, the candle,

the bowl, the cheese.

And not very well.

Theo!

- Hello Andries.

Who is he?

- Nobody, just a friend.

Is he German too?

- He's a Dutchman.

I'm a Dutchman, not a German.

It doesn't matter.

- He used to live with me and...

Who do you live now with?

- With nobody. I live on my own.

I know somebody that

would like to live with you.

What are you laughing at?

I'm not laughing.

Well, I'm laughing.

Tell me.

I was thinking of something.

- Of what?

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Julian Mitchell

Charles Julian Humphrey Mitchell FRSL (born 1 May 1935) is an English playwright, screenwriter and occasional novelist. He is best known as the writer of the play and film Another Country, and as a screenwriter for TV, producing many original plays and series episodes, including at least ten for Inspector Morse. Mitchell was born in Epping, Essex, and educated at Winchester College, where he won the English Verse and Duncan Reading Prizes. He did his national service in submarines 1953-55 as a Sub Lt RNVR. He then went to Wadham College, Oxford and received a BA with first class honours in 1958. This was followed by a period as a Harkness Fellow in the USA (1959–61). He earned an M.A. in 1962 at St. Antony's College, Oxford. Since 1962 he has been a freelance writer. In the late 1960s, Mitchell co-wrote the teleplay Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) with Ray Davies of The Kinks. It was never produced, though it gave rise to the band's concept album. He recently recalled the aborted project: "Arthur had a most unhappy history. It was originally meant to be a ... sort of rock opera, and we got as far as casting (excellent director and actors) and finding locations and were about to go when the producer went to a production meeting without a proper budget, tried to flannel his way through it, was immediately sussed and the production pulled. I have never been able to forgive the man." Mitchell has written nine produced plays, including Another Country, which won the SWET (now Olivier) Award for best play of the year (1981), and After Aida (1985), a play-with-music about composer Giuseppe Verdi. Mitchell has screenplay credits for five feature films. The earliest was Arabesque (1966), which was directed by Stanley Donen. Another Country (1984) is based on Mitchell's own play, and directed by Marek Kanievska. Vincent & Theo (1990) is a biographical film about the famed painted Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo, and was directed by Robert Altman. August (1996) was directed and starred Anthony Hopkins, and was adapted from Anton Chekhov's classic play Uncle Vanya. Wilde (1997) is based on the life of Oscar Wilde, and was directed by Brian Gilbert. In 2007 he wrote the BBC4 drama Consenting Adults about Sir John Wolfenden and his celebrated 1957 report. more…

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