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Loving Vincent - Perspectives No. 338


Loving Vincent

Perspectives No. 338


Self Portrait in Straw Hat, 1887, van Gogh
Self Portrait with Straw Hat          1887          Vincent van Gogh

"Well, the truth is, we cannot speak

other than by our paintings."

  
 - Vincent van Gogh, the week of his death, 1890, in a letter to his brother Theo


   Everyone is talking about the movie, Loving Vincent, and with good reason. Nothing like it has ever been done before, and nothing else looks like it. Like many of you, we had seen the trailers on Facebook and You Tube, and they were fascinating and beautiful. However, until we sat down to watch the entire film, the impact of what has been achieved by directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman can not be fully appreciated.

   Watching what is essentially 66,900 gorgeous and constantly changing oil paintings is a revelation and a deeply moving experience. The tragic story of the last days of van Gogh’s short life could not have been told more poignantly any other way, although others have tried. This is a painter’s film, and because we can see how much effort, skill and talent went into each and every one of those almost 67,000 paintings, we came away from watching it with a deep sense of awe at the magnitude of this artistic achievement. The sheer visual beauty of the film can be overwhelming at times—I found myself hoping that I wouldn’t get accustomed to it as it went along. No worries. Scenes and images move so quickly that one is constantly presented new visual delights. If you are like me, you will find yourself hitting the pause button repeatedly just to linger over some of these stunning paintings. At the end of the film, I found tears in my eyes—tears of sadness for an artist whose love of the world and painting was so badly abused, and tears of joy and gratitude for the gift of this film. Don’t miss it.

                               

                               




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