An intimate brush with van Gogh

At Eternity's Gate (top) is directed by Julian Schnabel (above) and stars Willem Dafoe (left, with his wife Giada Colagrande) as Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh.
At Eternity's Gate (above) is directed by Julian Schnabel and stars Willem Dafoe as Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh.PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION
At Eternity's Gate (top) is directed by Julian Schnabel (above) and stars Willem Dafoe (left, with his wife Giada Colagrande) as Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh.
At Eternity's Gate is directed by Julian Schnabel (right) and stars Willem Dafoe (left, with his wife Giada Colagrande) as Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Actor Willem Dafoe learnt to paint so he could get into the heart of the Dutch artist's philosophy in his new film

Most films about gifted artists use movie magic to make it look like the actors can really play, sing, dance or do whatever the talented people they portray do.

But there was no such cheating in the new Vincent van Gogh biopic At Eternity's Gate, which opens in Singapore today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2019, with the headline 'An intimate brush with van Gogh'. Print Edition | Subscribe