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Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

DVD - 2018
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The story of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.
Publisher: New York, NY : Cinedigm Entertainment, [2018]
Call Number: DVD F LOVI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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List - Oscars 2018: SFPL
SFPL_StaffPicks Jan 23, 2018

2018 Oscar nomination: Best Animated Feature

Nominated Best Motion Picture, Animated


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bdehler
May 12, 2021

animated film that showed a portion of his life and suicide.

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krazykat13
Mar 06, 2021

This was an amazingly beautiful and thoughtful movie.

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imreallyfromohio
Jan 26, 2021

Awful method of story-telling. And the animation hurts my eyes to watch it.

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Courier2003
Jan 01, 2021

Excellent colorful animated paintings by hundreds of artists. Wait for the song "Vincent" at the end of the DVD. Don't eject too fast. Hard to believe he sold only one painting before his death.

JCLJuliaV Nov 10, 2020

Literally paints a whole new picture of Vincent Van Gogh's supposed suicide. Referencing letters and reports, this story follows the son of Vincent's postman as he tries to unwravel the events leading up that fateful day and discover a possible alternative perspective. Beautifully animated and well produced. Highly recommended for art lovers.

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stevania_k
Aug 08, 2020

This animations is about Vincent Van Gogh. I didn’t know much about him except he’s a very famous painter. This movie told his story I didn’t know. Tragic story, beautiful paintings, nice script, nice flow, some of his letters were quoted and they were like poem. It is heart breaking that such a talented artist had been so misunderstood and ignored in his lifetime. It seemed like his life was for others and not at all for himself because his whole life was such wretched for himself but then others gained such fame and fortune from his death. And the song dedicated to him from Don McLean was very nice. Totally deserved Academy Award. Memorable.

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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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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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