Starry Night

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Biography, Fantasy

This congealed exercise in labored whimsy won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2000 Newport Beach Film Festival; you have to wonder about the competition. In 1885, a gypsy tells the suicidal Vincent Van Gogh (Abbott Alexander) that he will walk the earth for 100 days in 100 years time. Nearly a century later, the resurrected painter is knocked down by...read more

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This congealed exercise in labored whimsy won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2000 Newport Beach Film Festival; you have to wonder about the competition. In 1885, a gypsy tells the suicidal Vincent Van Gogh (Abbott Alexander) that he will walk the earth for 100 days in 100 years time. Nearly a century later, the resurrected painter is knocked down by a float at the Tournament of Roses Parade; groggy but delighted, he spots prints of his once-disparaged masterworks everywhere. After recuperating, Vincent romances fledgling painter Kathy Madison (Lisa Walz) and, understandably enough, has trouble convincing Kathy he's the Vincent Van Gogh, and after "improving" one of his original paintings, he's charged with defacement. Inspired to create new works, he's arrested for fraud, and it looks as though he may spend most of his 100 days in jail. While it's always nice to see an independent film that doesn't try to mimic mainstream genre pictures, writer/director Paul Davids's screenplay gets tangled up in facile irony about the current marketability of Van Gogh's work, while the tragedy of withheld acclaim and the pitfalls of temperament are barely after-thoughts. The icky love story between deceased genius Vincent and starving artist Kathy is derailed by their absolute lack of chemistry and Alexander's performance is a self-involved nightmare of actorly bits of business. Armed with an accent better suited to a warm, old-fashioned exercise in ethnic nostalgia like I REMEMBER MAMA (1948), he twinkles like an elf painting the clouds with smiley faces.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: This congealed exercise in labored whimsy won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2000 Newport Beach Film Festival; you have to wonder about the competition. In 1885, a gypsy tells the suicidal Vincent Van Gogh (Abbott Alexander) that he will walk the earth… (more)

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