VENICE (AFP) – A brand new movie concerning the artist Vincent Van Gogh claims that he was murdered fairly than having shot himself.
At Eternity’s Gate, starring Willem Dafoe because the tortured genius, was premiered Monday (Sept three) on the Venice movie competition.
In it the painter is shot after a battle with native youths close to the village of Auvers-sur-Oise exterior Paris, the place the artist spent his closing months in 1890.
He died 36 hours later after staggering again to the native inn at the hours of darkness.
While most historians agree that Van Gogh killed himself, famend painter and Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel fuels a concept that he was killed within the movie.
Legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere – who co-wrote the script with Schnabel – instructed AFP there “is absolutely no proof he killed himself. Do I believe that Van Gogh killed himself? Absolutely not!”
“He came back to the auberge with a bullet in his stomach and nobody ever found the gun or his painting materials,” Carriere added.
“What we have been fighting against is the dark romantic legend of Van Gogh. In the last period of his life Van Gogh was working constantly. Every day he made a new work,” he mentioned.
His closing weeks, when he painted the “Portrait of Dr Gachet” – which set a world document when it bought for US$82.5 million (77 million euros) in 1990 – have been “not at all sad”, the author argued.
Schnabel insisted man who had painted 75 canvasses in his 80 days at Auvers-sur-Oise was unlikely to be suicidal.
The concept that Van Gogh didn’t commit suicide was first raised in a 2011 biography of the painter by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
Schnabel mentioned neither the gun nor “the painting material he had that day were ever found. It is strange to bury your shit if you are committing suicide.”
At Eternity’s Gate can also be more likely to open a brand new entrance within the row over Van Gogh’s “lost” sketchbook, which purportedly resurfaced after 126 years in 2016 and was authenticated by two eminent artwork historians final 12 months.
Veteran British knowledgeable Ronald Pickvance claimed the e book was “the most revolutionary discovery in the history of Van Gogh” research.
But the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam hotly disputes its provenance and dismissed the drawings as fakes.
The e book, initially a ledger from the Cafe de la Gare in Arles the place Van Gogh stayed at varied instances between 1888 and 1890, options prominently within the movie.
Schnabel and his crew examined the drawings for themselves with the director urgent Dafoe’s hand down into them, he instructed AFP, to “force a transmission – a connection between me and Van Gogh.”
It clearly labored, with Defoe, who appears to be like uncannily just like the Van Gogh the movie, already tipped for the very best actor prize at Venice.
‘All historical past is a lie’
The actor mentioned in taking pictures the movie within the fields round Arles the place the artist painted and within the asylum at Saint-Remy the place he was held, “we flirted with Van Gogh’s ghost”.
Schnabel mentioned the movie was not meant to be a factual biopic, as a result of “all history is a lie”.
“I don’t care if the notebook is real or not real, if he killed himself or didn’t kill himself. It’s irrelevant. But in the film it is nice to know there is another set of possibilities…”
The movie was additionally an opportunity for “me to say things about painting… and it was a lot of fun to speak through Von Gogh.”
The ebullient New Yorker additionally wished to right the “bad wrap” that Van Gogh’s buddy Paul Gauguin will get from historical past.
Van Gogh might have minimize off his ear when the painter introduced he was leaving him to return to Paris, however “Gauguin really cared about him,” Schnabel mentioned.
“He is portrayed usually as an arsehole. Anthony Quinn (in the 1957 film Lust for Life) played him like that, but he wasn’t.”