Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

DVD - 2018
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The life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.
Publisher: New York, NY : Cinedigm Entertainment Corp., [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Art and design:, ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD LOVING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1

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An animated film, created by classically trained artists, composed of oil paintings would be reason enough to watch this film. Another reason is the story about a misunderstood artist who brought a unique form of art to our consciousness. Full of beauty and heartbreak.

What the creators have done here is remarkable, hand-painting every frame of the film in the distinct style of Van Gogh. Its beauty never distracts from the story as we follow those living in the shadow of Van Gogh's suicide. Suggested by Lindsey A.

Loving Vincent (2017) is a detective story about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of artist Vincent Van Gogh. It reminds me of Citizen Kane or Immortal Beloved, where an investigator tries to piece together a satisfying tapestry from seemingly incongruous vignettes. What makes L... Read More »


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kitty1_1
Apr 03, 2020

Stunning! As if you are "watching" a painting.

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booksmile
Feb 09, 2020

Animation effect is a bit trippy, feels a bit like rotoscoped animation although it's not. I can tell a lot of beautiful painted artwork went into it, but it's hard to appreciate in the animated format and even the brightest paintings seem somber with the story. I wish the story had focused on his life or even later when his paintings were recognized....focusing on just after his death and the mystery of his death was just depressing.

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richibi
Nov 23, 2019

animated reproductions of mostly van Gogh's artworks speculate on the painter's death

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karenatterrace
Nov 18, 2019

Absolutely amazing. I was spell bound by the artistry, the story, everything. A must see for lovers on impressionism and art.

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Shuken_1989
Nov 04, 2019

"Loving Vincent" is a beautiful Polish made film detailing the last moments of Vincent van Gogh's life. The film is shown and narrated through the eyes of Armand Roulin, the subject of one of van Gogh's paintings and the son of the local postman Joseph Roulin. Armand is tasked by his father with delivering Vincent's last letter to his brother Theo. This sinks Armand into an investigation into Vincent's last few days, interviewing people intimately involved and piecing together rumors and hearsay. The film is beautifully rendered, all hand painted, in the style to which Vincent was known. Broad beautiful brush strokes and explosive colors capture the North of France and the Dutch countryside, the characters are extremely emotive in this style, it was a real treat for the eyes. The film goes deeply into mental health and effects of depression, the film pulls no punches when it comes to its exploration of suicide, and its ideation, nor the aftermaths and grief it leaves. I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in art history and new age films. This movie will stick with me all my life.

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GiovanniS
Oct 15, 2019

You need an understanding about Vincent's life in order to click with this movie. After a few attempts I was ready to give up on this film. However, after watching "Eternity Gate" and having an understanding of Vincent and watching it again I was able to click with this movie. Animation is great. The music and oil painting animation is hypnotically sleep inducing if you don't have enough background into this subject.

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rbnross
Jul 07, 2019

Wow, this DVD presents some interesting points of view about the life and death of this prominent artist. What was so enjoyable was the animated painting in the style of Van Gogh. It brought his paintings to life! It was delightful to watch!

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

The movie in general is really cool and I loved seeing my favorite Van Gogh paintings come to life, but the storyline was really boring.

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Lumina9
Apr 15, 2019

Watched this movie after watching "At Eternity's Gate" (with Willem Defoe)... it made this movie even more mesmerizing as the familiarity of Van Gogh's works from the previous movie was still fresh.... highly recommend watching them both, and in this order.

Thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and if you are an art fan, you will appreciate it even more so.

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Pilar0_0
Apr 08, 2019

A beautiful and moving story accompanied by beautiful animation. The amount of time and work that went into this film is truly awe-inspiring.

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jimg2000
Mar 05, 2018

Took me a while to figure out the word "Reckon" used several times in the film:
I will tell you this. Vincent, he looked like he was all right. Then he comes here with a girl who I reckon was out of his league,
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I reckon they argued over money because it was the brother that bought all Vincent's painting things.
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Father used to own one once, but he didn't reckon he'd need it here in Auvers, so he sold it.
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Sufferers can change from feeling life is a wondrous joy to being stuck in a pit of despair within six hours. So think what changes are possible within six weeks.
-But, I don't reckon that's it. Ravoux girl said he was happy here. She's obviously qualified to make such a diagnosis. ...
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I reckon he was shot.
-Have you been talking to Mazery? You heard his tale of how the angle of the bullet was all wrong, that nobody shoots themselves in the stomach?

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jimg2000
Mar 05, 2018

It's not my letter. It's Vincent's. It's to Theo Van Gogh.
-That's Vincent's brother, isn't it?
Yeah, Vincent left it behind. His old landlord Geno was having a clear out and found it. So he gave it to my father and father told me I have to deliver it. Like it's my business. My job is to bash metal into shape not Deliver letters.
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That nutcase has cut off his ear.
-Your dad sewing it back on is he?
No, he's helping.
-Well that figures one drunk and crazy helping another.
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Armand Roulin. Son of the great Joseph Roulin, giant of the South with Dostoevsky's soul.
-What?
That's what Vincent called your father. He told me all about him.
-He did?
Yes, and your mother, whose lullaby could sooth even the souls of Icelandic fisherman. Come now, Armand of the Roulin clan, take a seat, be welcome.

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Davidf05
Nov 26, 2017

Davidf05 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Liber_vermis
Sep 10, 2018

A fictional character tries to deliver a letter written by the recently deceased painter only to discover that he may have been murdered rather than committing suicide. This full length animated docu-drama utilizes Van Gogh's paintings and style to present the closing chapter on the life of this ground-breaking artist.

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