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At Eternity's Gate

Directed by Julian Schnabel
United States, France, 2018
Biography, Drama


A look at Vincent Van Gogh’s time in Arles.

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At Eternity's Gate Directed by Julian Schnabel
The film’s beauty, its feel for painting, its emotional intensity, Dafoe’s soul-searching performance—none of these are new to the Van Gogh genre. But like Joan of Arc movies, new Van Gogh films must come out. That’s because it becomes stranger, the farther we get from the lives of the Post-Impressionists, to see once again the crimped way people hated Van Gogh’s paintings in their time.
February 22, 2019
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Schnabel’s film is admirably preoccupied with light and texture and the experience of an artist’s work, though the camera tricks prevent it from being at all immersive, making one yearn for the painterly reverence of Minnelli or the perverse borderlines of Pialat.
January 19, 2019
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Willem Dafoe, as Schnabel’s Van Gogh, does not simply give a performance, he is the film’s _material_. The close identification of an actor with a film’s topic is part of the way that Schnabel encourages us to relate to Van Gogh. The effect he achieves is the opposite of the political divisiveness motivating Hollywood’s RBG agitprop.
January 04, 2019
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