- 映画制作者（後出 direct は監督する、director は監督）
- 観点（後出 viewpoint も同意）
- （ここでは）共同で脚本を書く（写真説明の co-writer はここでは共同脚本）
- At Eternity's Gate
- 「永遠の門 ゴッホの見た未来」
- outstanding work
- enthrall ～
- 悲劇的な（後出 tragically は悲劇的に）
- compel ～ to ...
- (be) set in ～
- gain acceptance
- (be) dedicated to ～
- strive (→strove)
- pass down ～
American filmmaker Julian Schnabel was an active painter in the 1970s and 1980s. He therefore had a unique artistic perspective when it came to co-writing and directing "At Eternity's Gate."
The film, in Japanese theaters from Nov. 8, tells the story of famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, whose outstanding works like "Sunflowers" have enthralled people all over the world for their vivid colors and dynamic strokes, though the artist lived a tragic life.
In Tokyo for the Japan premiere of the film on Sept. 26, Schnabel said the movie was one that he was compelled to make.
"I had to do it, because his work is a vehicle for something that's very, very pure," the 68-year-old director explained.
The film is set in places where Van Gogh actually spent his time, including Arles in South France. In the film, Van Gogh is played by American Willem Dafoe. The 64-year-old actor learned how to paint from the director, and all of the painting scenes in the movie were done by Dafoe himself. Though Van Gogh was only 37 at the time of his death — much younger than Dafoe — he was in a poor state at the time, and Dafoe didn't require any special makeup for the role. In spite of his posthumous fame, Van Gogh gained hardly any acceptance during his lifetime and tragically shot himself to death in 1890.
Schnabel interpreted Van Gogh from his own viewpoint as an artist — not as a poor or crazy man, but as a person truly dedicated to art. The director strove to create a new image of Van Gogh as a person who never stopped drawing in order to pass down the beauty seen through his eyes to future generations.
"We made a movie about the process of making art," Schnabel said. "You'll see that it's not about Vincent Van Gogh, because you're Vincent Van Gogh. So the movie's about you."
(By Matsuki Emi)
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