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Vincent Van Gogh, in His Own Words

“To suffer without complaining is the only lesson to be learnt from this  life”: Vincent Van Gogh

Some of you may know how much I adore dramatized shows about the life and work of artists.

They may not always be accurate, but they give the viewer a chance to glimpse at life and times of a painter, as well as the back story of the creation of their most famous work.

We have “Desperate Romantics”, about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, “The Impressionists”, “Frida”, and many more.

I’ve long wished for someone to make a film about Tamara Lempicka, but a few years ago Madonna showed interest, so maybe it’s best to leave well enough alone.

Another dramatization I can recommend is ” Van Gogh: Painted With Words”, a BBC production (who else?).

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Vincent Van Gogh, and his performance is haunting.

It once again made me wonder what it was about the British actor’s craft that makes them such exquisite performers.

What is special about this program is that the dialogue is taken from authentic letters and documents.

Every word spoken by the actors in this film is sourced from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo, and of those around him.

We see the journey of a complex man, tormented by his own mind, and by the world around him.

You can watch “Van Gogh: Painted With Words” on YT, sliced into 6 parts.

Here is the first:

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