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
89 Views


Take it away.

Now lot 43.

Quiet. 5 millions.

Go on 500.000?

10 mill. 500.000?

A 12 millions

That's 13 millions now.

13 millions?

That's 13 millions.

A bet against

Do you go so far

on principle, Vincent?

Or it's natural?

I understood you wanted

to live this way when...

you obeyed the Commandments

to the letter.

But now you don't

want to do it...

truly, Vincent,

I can't understand it.

Theo, if you do something,

you must do it well?

Do it well?

What?

I'm going to be a painter.

What do you think of that?

I don't like it.

It's better than

that trash you sell in Gulps.

Not everything is trash.

- It's trash, everything is trash!

- We sell Millet,

Corot. We sell many...

of the artists that

you'd admire, besides...

- Oh, Millet!

That's real art.

Millet is art,

Millet is authentic life.

But here there's life too!

And here is God!

God is everywhere...

but in the church

and in our damned family.

The money that dad

has been sending you...

wasn't his, Vincent.

It was mine.

Last time,

Sold.

Yes, I think it'll be sold.

- Yes, I think so.

Especially with that frame.

Sir, they want to see

Mr. Theo Van Gogh.

He's over there.

- I'll take care of that.

Hello, I'm Ren Valadon.

- Andries Bonger.

It's bellow the Gerard.

In the top right-hand corner...

go up, and have a look.

Theo where are you?

- Uncle Cent, I'm here.

Be careful.

Well, Boussod y Valadon

know what they are doing.

They have no idea.

- Things are changing...

and they have no idea

about what's happening here.

If you was here, we could...

- No, no... it's very kind of you

to say that but.

It's not possible.

Cornelia wouldn't allow it...

and the doctors...

- Well, they are so...

...commercial.

- Of course, art is a business...

Good afternoon.

I expect not to interrupt.

No, Andries.

Andries Bonger, Jan Bonger's...

...nephew, my uncle Cent.

Bonger, I used to make

my insurance with him.

Now you can made it

with me, I'm in the firm.

And what brings you to Paris?

- I'm learning the...

trade in the office in Paris.

And you are a friend of Theo,

where are you staying?

He's in my apartment.

Ah! Two Dutch young men

lost in Paris.

It's nothing like that, sir.

We are very serious young men.

He studies the art

of business and me...

the business of art.

I've heard that Vincent

used to work here.

Work?

He used to walk around here...

laughing at the paintings

and offending the clients.

What he didn't understand is

that it doesn't matter if the art...

is good as long as it sells.

- You're right, sir.

And I'm not sure either

that Theo understand it.

What?

- Well...

How is Vincent's art?

He's working really hard.

He paints the peasants.

He dresses, pay and paint them.

Hi, Vincent, how are you?

Do you know, Vincent?

The problem of being an artist...

is that it takes a lot of time

learning the technique.

And when you've learnt it...

probably you've forgotten

what you want it for.

I won't forget it.

Don't turn the art in your religion.

Why not?

It's better than Christianity.

Why don't you go to

a real art school?

I'm not interested, Mauve.

I prefer to learn with you.

- Like in old days.

When all artists had

apprentices, sorry.

But now you live in the

country and Mauve, here...

I'm going to move here.

I can't live with my family anymore.

I despise them.

- I can't believe it.

It's true.

And my father...

I don't get on well with him.

It's a hypocrisy

that I go to the church.

I wonder...

Well, Vincent,

I think you should marry...

a rich woman.

It's the only hope

for an artist.

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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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