Van Gogh

Directed by Alain Resnais

18 minutes / B&W
French / English subtitles
Release: 1948

French New Wave director Alain Resnais’ early film VAN GOGH won an Oscar for best short documentary film.

Recently restored, this 1948 boundary-pushing short brilliantly evokes the life of Vincent Van Gogh, using only his paintings as visuals. VAN GOGH traces the great painter’s life and work, from his early days as a realist in the Netherlands, to his stay in Paris, the peak of his career in Provence, and then the dark days of madness that descended on him.

The black-and-white renderings of Van Gogh’s paintings, coupled with a dramatic musical score, are surprisingly evocative.

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Select Accolades

  • Best Short Film, 1950 Academy Awards
  • Film Prize, 1948 Venice Biennale


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