Transcript: Vincent Van Gogh | Jul 17, 1999

(music plays)

Against a black background, animated letters read "Blast from the past."

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Vincent Van Gogh."

The Narrator says VINCENT VAN GOGH IDOLIZED
PAINTER PAUL GAUGUIN.

A black and white portrait of Van Gogh appears, followed by another one of Gauguin.

The Narrator continues VAN GOGH SENT HIM
NUMEROUS LETTERS
BEGGING HIM TO COME TO
THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.
GAUGUIN FINALLY GAVE IN.
IN PREPARATION
FOR HIS ARRIVAL,
VAN GOGH RENTED A
SMALL YELLOW HOUSE
AND DECORATED A ROOM WITH
SUNFLOWER PAINTINGS FOR GAUGUIN.
HE ALSO BOUGHT NEW FURNITURE
AND INSTALLED GAS.
FINALLY, GAUGUIN ARRIVED.
THE TWO DEBATED ART,
DRANK LIKE FISH
AND HUNG OUT WITH
THE LOCAL LADIES.

Fast clips show a man bus parking in front of a yellow house, household appliances and women doing tricks.

The Narrator continues ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS,
GAUGUIN BROUGHT ROUTINE
TO VAN GOGH'S LIFE
CLEANING THE HOUSE
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AND
COOKING ALL OF THEIR MEALS.
BUT THOSE HEADY DAYS ENDED WHEN
GAUGUIN GOT THE BRIGHT IDEA
TO PAINT A PORTRAIT
OF HIS PAL VINCENT.
GAUGUIN WASN'T PLEASED
WITH THE PORTRAIT.
HE THOUGHT IT MADE HIM
LOOK LIKE A MADMAN.
THE TWO BEGAN TO
ARGUE MORE AND MORE
UNTIL ONE NIGHT, GAUGUIN
HEARD FOOTSTEPS,
QUICK AND JERKY LIKE
A WOUNDED ANIMAL.
IT WAS VINCENT RUSHING HIM
WITH A STRAIGHT RAZOR.
AMAZINGLY, GAUGUIN
STARED HIM DOWN
AND VINCENT BACKED OFF.
GAUGUIN CHECKED
INTO A HOTEL.

A clip shows a rainbow, monkeys fighting, a dog standing on two legs, a rollercoaster, a female nurse and a butcher

The Narrator continues MEANWHILE, VINCENT
GOT A STRAIGHT RAZOR
SLICED OF HIS LEFT EAR
AND GAVE IT TO A
PROSTITUTE NAMED RACHEL.
UNGRATEFUL, SHE
CALLED THE POLICE.
VINCENT WAS ADMITTED
TO HOSPITAL,
GAUGUIN LEFT TOWN, AND THOUGH
THEY CONTINUED TO WRITE,
THE TWO ROOMMATES NEVER
SAW EACH OTHER AGAIN.

The caption changes to "Paul Gauguin image courtesy of Musées nationaux."

A slate reads "A Production of TV Ontario. Copyright The Ontario Educational Communications Authority 1999."

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