Choice: Film

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Lust for Life, Cambridge Arts (01223 50444) 10am

Hollywood has had a high old time camping about with canvas. Fine art has made for some pretty hilarious pictures. Charlton Heston can't have done any research before taking the role of Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy. Heston as a convincing homosexual? I think not. Nigel Terry did a great deal better on that score in Derek Jarman's Caravaggio. Conversely, the twilight world of the heterosexual was brought to light in the gorgeously ludicrous Toulouse Lautrec bio-pic Moulin Rouge. Not all attempts at portraits of the artist have been failures, and even Ken Russell's Gaudier-Brzeska film Savage Messiah has its moments. Charles Laughton is excellent in the title role of Alexander Korda's 1936 Rembrandt but the palm goes to Vincente Minnelli for Lust for Life. Kirk Douglas (above) loved playing Van Gogh and, remarkably, the film is far more interested in the art than in the artist's life.

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