<p>Describing this film is easy: it&#39;s John Hurt reading extracts from Van Gogh&#39;s letters to an unfolding sequence of images of locations and Van Gogh&#39;s paintings, drawings, and sketches. But there&#39;s nothing simple about the film. It&#39;s extremely powerful and moving to listen to Van Gogh&#39;s own words relate his inner struggles and attempts to develop as an artist. To his what he regarded as his artistic successes and failures.</p><p>This is the film I think Van Gogh would&#39;ve made himself; it has the same intense visual impact as encountering Van Gogh&#39;s paintings in real life for the first time rather than in reproduction.</p><p><i>Vincent and Theo</i> is period drama transporting you back in time into the intertwined lives of the two brothers (and Theo&#39;s long-suffering wife.) It stars <a href="http://www.tim-roth.com/index.php?id&#61;vincent" data-type="externalLink" rel="nofollow" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-ordinal="1">Tim Roth</a> as Vincent and Paul Rhys as Theo. This isn&#39;t an analysis of Vincent&#39;s personality or works, it&#39;s the story of his life as well as the struggles of Theo to make a career as an art dealer.</p><p>Without Theo supporting him financially, Vincent would not have been able to paint. (You&#39;ll see Theo&#39;s apartment gradually becoming more and more crowded by Vincent&#39;s paintings!) As a painter, it shows how invaluable it&#39;s having an unquestioning supporter who believes in you.</p><p><i>Lust for Life</i> is based on the book by the same name by Irving Stone and stars Kirk Douglas as Vincent van Gogh and Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin. It&#39;s a classic that&#39;s a little over acted and over dramatic by today&#39;s standards, but that&#39;s part of the appeal. It&#39;s tremendously emotional and passionate.</p><p>The film shows more of Vincent&#39;s early struggles to find a direction in life than the others, how he was sought to learn how to draw and then paint. It&#39;s worth watching just for the scenery, to get an appreciation for Van Gogh&#39;s early, dark palette and his later bright colors.</p>A three-part documentary by art critic Waldemar Januszczak, originally shown on Channel 4 in the UK. What I particularly enjoyed about this series was seeing the locations in the Netherlands, England, and France where Van Gogh lived and worked, and Januszczak&#39;s surveys of the influences of other artists and locations on Van Gogh&#39;s paintings.)<br/><br/>A handful of factual claims didn&#39;t ring true to me, and some are open to interpretation, but this series is definitely worth watching if you enjoy Van Gogh&#39;s paintings and want to learn more about him. It&#39;s very much the &#34;full&#34; story, dealing with his whole life, including the early years in London and the period where he started to teach himself to draw.