UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME VIDEO ANNOUNCES
A WHIMSICAL ROMANTIC FANTASY ABOUT ART, LOVE, AND SECOND CHANCES IS NOW ON VIDEO AND DVD
Universal Studios Home Video has released Starry Night, a touching romantic fantasy in which the famous impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh returns to life in modern-day Los Angeles. Featuring Sally Kirkland (EDtv, Anna), Abbott Alexander (The Karate Kid), Lisa Waltz (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Odd Couple 2), Lou Wagner ("C.H.I.P.S.") and Brian Drillinger (Brighton Beach Memoirs), and directed by Paul Davids ("Roswell"),
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival and a favorite with independent film festival audiences, Starry Night was praised as "A haunting and poignant love story" by Club-Culture Magazine and "A whimsical fantasy" by The Boston Globe. Starry Night features a musical score by Brad Warnaar and includes the well-known song "Vincent" by Don McLean.
Inspired by the extraordinary sales of van Gogh paintings and a resurgence of interest in the artist in recent years and the irony that the tormented van Gogh only sold one painting in his own lifetime, the film explores the mixture of bewilderment, bliss and befuddlement that awaits van Gogh when he discovers his work is now worth millions, but no one believes he is the artist who painted them. To complicate matters, van Gogh steals back his original paintings from wealthy collectors in order to get paid and help struggling young artists, but instead, ends up accused of being an art thief. In addition, the artist encounters an entirely unexpected matter he didn't have to contend with in his life a century ago: romance.
Filled with affecting portrayals and bittersweet nuances about the contradictory notions of art and its spiritual value vs. the materialistic greed it arouses, Starry Night is also a moving story about rediscovery inspired by love, faith and determination.
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A century is a long time to wait for your dreams to come true. In the case of Vincent van Gogh, (Abbott Alexander) the celebrated but troubled artist of the late 19th century who committed suicide at 37, the wait has ended. In this whimsical, thoughtprovoking fantasy, van Gogh returns to life in the Los Angeles of today, approximately 100 years after his death. The artist is awestruck to learn that he is now considered one of the world's greatest artists and that his paintings command millions of dollars. Yet, when he lays claim to the famous works that adorn the world's most prestigious art museums, he is considered an eccentric at best, and at worst, a fraud.
No one believes Vincent to be THE Vincent van Gogh, least of all his own lawyer (Lou Wagner). The one person who comes to believe his story is Kathy (Lisa Waltz) a talented art student who inspires romantic feelings of love for the first time in Vincent.
He begins a new series of paintings, capturing quintessential Los Angeles scenes. In a misguided plan to finally get paid for his older works, which never sold in his own lifetime, Vincent steals back his paintings from wealthy and greedy art collectors in hopes of setting up a charity fund to help starving artists. The thefts soon attract the attention of the media, and arouse the outrage of an art detective (Sally Kirkland) and the District Attorney (Brian Drillinger) who believe Vincent is a con man and an art vandal, dubbing him the "van Gogh bandit."
Vincent's own original series of Los Angeles paintings receives an exhibition, resulting in the same critical derision the artist suffered in his previous life. However, the exhibition also eventually proves to be a turning point, in which Vincent is finally able to prove who he really is in this award-winning film about art, love and second chances.
Yellow Hat Productions Presents a Paul Davids Film "Starry Night"
Cast: Abbott Alexander, Lisa Waltz, Sally Kirkland, Lou Wagner and Brian Drillinger
Written and Directed by: Paul Davids
Producers: Paul Davids and Hollace Davids
Associate Producer: Sally Kirkland
Co-Producers: David W. Smith and Richard A. Rosen
Executive Producers: Anil Urmil and Felicity Newman
Screenwriter: Paul Davids
Cinematography: David W. Smith
Editor: Eileen Mulvey
Production Designers: Eva Fried and Robert Rotstan, Jr.
Selection Number: 87101
Running Time: 1 Hr., 38 Mins
Technical Information: VHS / PG-13 / Color / Stereo / Hi Fi / Closed Captioned
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