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Loving Vincent brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by professional oil-painters who traveled from all across Europe to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as van Gogh’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.
On July 27, 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot. Loving Vincent tells that story.
Van Gogh's Starry Night, Café Terrace at Night, Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows, and indeed his own face in his many self-portraits, are among the most recognised images in our world. Van Gogh is not only famous for his paintings, but also for his tortured life, notably for cutting off his ear and shooting himself while painting at his easel; painting to the bitter end of his unhappy misunderstood life. He is the world’s totemic ‘tortured artist’. Loving Vincent explores van Gogh's life and work by bringing to life some of van Gogh’s most inspirational paintings to tell his story.