AT ETERNITY’S GATE – Review by Diane Carson

At Eternity’s Gate offers Julian Schnabel’s response to van Gogh’s art. When he died in 1890 at 37 years of age, Vincent van Gogh left behind a collection of magnificent paintings and the chronicle of an enigmatic life still captivating and puzzling. Director and painter Julian Schnabel is one such person who tackles the elusive legend of van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, Schnabel’s subjective response to van Gogh’s paintings.

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AT ETERNITY’S GATE – Review by Susan Granger

Julian Schnabel’s fragmentary exploration of enigmatic Dutch master Vincent van Gogh’s mind during his declining years in Arles, St.-Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise is both fascinating and frustrating. While Schnabel’s film is not a biopic, it does correct some inaccurate assumptions that people have made over the years, particularly after Kirk Douglas’ Van Gogh portrayal in Lust for Life (1956).

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AT ETERNITY’S GATE – Review by Erica Abeel

Far from a biopic, this portrait of Van Gogh, anchored by a shattering, career-defining turn from Willem Dafoe, flouts the usual narrative conventions. Schnabel’s film is not so much about the artist as a journey into his inner being, so we experience the world in much the same blissed-out, tormented and chaotic way he himself did.

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