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Loving Vincent


Rated PG-13 · 95 minutes · 2017

Animated, Biography, Drama, Historical Drama
Tampering with an artist's memory can be dangerous business: In 2011, Gregory White Smith and Steven Naifeh published Van Gogh: The Life, an acclaimed biography arguing, among other things, that the Dutch painter's gunshot death in July 1890, in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise, was no suicide, as scholars had agreed for years, but homicide at the hands of a local bully. The blowback from Van Gogh fans and art historians was severe. "Many [of these scholars] had done years of research and writing that was deeply embedded in the old narrative," the authors explained in a Vanity Fair article three years after the book appeared. "They didn't just disagree with our new reading; they were enraged by it. . . . [One] specialist, with whom we shared a stage at the opening of a Van Gogh exhibition in Denver, was so choked with indignation that he refused even to discuss the subject when the audience raised it." Continue reading>>

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Official Site: lovingvincent.com
Director: Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman
Cast: Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd, John Sessions, Aidan Turner and Helen McCrory

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