The story of Vincent and Theo, no matter how subjectively portrayed in any given movie, is one of my favorite brother stories. The astute businessman with an unwavering belief in his monomaniacally passionate brother, in the face of a skeptical public that purchased exactly one painting during his lifetime, is a deeply moving one. I plan on reading their collected letters this year and immersing myself in Vincent’s paintings along the way. That said, my favorite internally combusting Vincent portrayal is Tim Roth in Altman’s Vincent & Theo, followed by Kirk Douglas in Minnelli’s Lust For Life.
"When I was a kid living in Kentucky I had this BB gun that didn't shoot straight. One day I was out shooting at things, trees, leaves, and there was a mockingbird up in a tree singing its heart out. And I aimed my gun just to scare him away, pulled the trigger, and the singing stopped. It was the saddest moment of my whole life. The silence that it cast in the world was devastating."