At Eternity's Gate

At Eternity's Gate

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DVD - 2019
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Drawing upon actual correspondence left by Vincent Van Gogh--and a compelling central performance from Willem Dafoe--director Julian Schnabel delivered an evocative and dreamlike look into the tormented artist's troubled psyche during his turbulent final years in the South of France.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Elevation Pictures,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE AT E
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Backgammon26
Jun 15, 2019

Surprisingly good.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jun 15, 2019

Fairly good interpretation of van Gogh's descent into utter despair but the age discrepancy between star Willem Dafoe (63 years old) and artist van Gogh (died at age 37) was distracting. Willem Dafoe has visual similarities, but is far too old for the part.

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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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