At Eternity's Gate

At Eternity's Gate

DVD - 2019
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The last years of the great French painter Vincent van Gogh are dramatized. The focus is on the time the artist spent in Ales and Auvers-sur-Oise, France. The art of painting itself and the painter's relationship with the concept of infinity are central themes. Not an exhaustive overview of all events in the final years of Van Gogh's life, but focuses on key elements the artist experienced as he struggled with mental turmoil and produced some of his greatest masterpieces.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Lionsgate Home Entertainment,, [2019]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 111 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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hammer59
May 18, 2019

A vibrant triumphant portrayal of one of the most prolific and enigmatic Genius's ever born.
Defoe knocks this film out of the park in a convincing role of Vincent van Gogh, the painter from Holland who never sold a painting during his lifetime---but whose work sells for millions of dollars today. Do not be dissuaded by any negative reviews by the philistines down playing this masterpiece! Enjoy!!!

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ADF1971
May 06, 2019

The actors/characters were good. Their ability was overshadowed by the music score and, while I get the desire to use the camera as an artistic outlet for the mental challenges of Van Gogh, the cinematography was put before the matter and distracted from the context. The story of Van Gogh is well known, the acting compelling, however the directorship did not permit you to feel engaged with the characters. Many other stories/films tell of Van Gogh in a far more appreciative manner.

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scribby
May 05, 2019

Visually fascinating, often photographed with a split lens; hallucinatory, disturbing but beautiful; this is a portrait (not a biopic) of a painter, by a painter. Great acting by all involved, and most frames simply look like paintings. This is one of the few films I found interesting enough to watch the director's commentary all the way through.

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harold2499
Apr 08, 2019

This movie is an insult to Vincent. Woulda, coulda, and shoulda been a great movie. The music was compared to a tinny piano playing chopsticks. The tempo was a slow as a tortoise. Too much time wasted on Vincent hiking, walking, running and climbing small mountains. It never really told the true artist Vincent was. Instead it focused on his mental problems.
Glad I didn't pay theatre prices. Dafoe did a marvelous acting role.
The photography was terrible with the camera moving all the time and zooming in and out. My eyes can't take this kind of movement. I found I was closing my eyes most of the time. A chimpanzee with a cell phone camera could do a better job with photographing.

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doyoureadme
Apr 06, 2019

Julian Schnabel (beak, in German) sickens us with slow paced auto-indulgence, as if he can't decide whether he wants the audience to love Van Gogh or find him as insufferable as the residents of Arles do. He substitutes sporadic impulsivity in place of any semblance of a fluid story. The intentionally jerky camera work looks to have been done by a drunken toddler with a hand held device lacking a steadicam gimbal stabilizer, giving one nausea akin to sea-sickness, in what may have been intended to highlight a tired and clumsy notion of what schizophrenia must feel like. Not even Willem Dafoe's excellent turn could save this artless, tedious lack of creativity. A perfect example of the pervading trendy weirdness of people liking inept art with intoxicated fervor.

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ms_mustard
Apr 06, 2019

intriguing and visually disturbing
certainly a different approach to van Gogh than Loving Vincent
tho no official diagnosis was ever made, van Gogh suffered from mental disturbance and that is the lens through which his story is told in this film - both visually and physically

I didn't find it easy to get into the rhythm of this film but I am glad I watched it

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BBRUTTIG
Apr 04, 2019

I found it very boring, full of symbolism on the erratic life of Van Gough. Long on shadows, sunsets, grassy fields, introspective thinking and just B.O.R.I.N.G. !

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boykin1959
Mar 25, 2019

I did not care for the shaky hand held camera method. the film is Very slow & repetitive of boring scenes...like watching him walking. You are told & shown seeing thru the eyes of Vincent van Gogh most of this movie. You are also experiencing his depressing mental views too, which are very disturbing. I did learn about how he died, & about the lost sketches that were just discovered in 2016. Hard to watch, as a Mother of a son with mental issues & sadly took his life.

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Byond
Mar 23, 2019

I'm adding 'labors of love' as a tag here, if the system lets me. Not just because an artist does a portrait of an artist, but the careful selection of details. Plenty to enlighten and mystify.
What comes to mind for me is the fact that the great innovators were deemed crazy at the start. Just one example, Dylan was derided early in his career (way before Newport). In many cases, the charge is true, as it appears is the case here. Not crazy like a fox, as some we might think of are. We like dead mystics, though living ones are suspect.
The endless thirst for novelty offers an opportunity for breakthroughs. The breakthrough blossoms, becomes normal, then tired, creating another opportunity for a new reaction.
I'm just reminded from this, when I see his painting of his room, not to see his room, but his painting.

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Jodi13
Mar 19, 2019

If you like watching paint dry, which some people do, you will like this movie.

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