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Videos: ‘Vincent,’ Screening in Hanover, Is an Animated Wonder

  • "Loving Vincent," a film about Vincent Van Gogh, turns the artist's paintings into an animated feature film. It screens Saturday evening at 7 in Dartmouth College's Spaulding Auditorium.(Courtesy photograph)



Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Filmmakers have tried before to bring the art and life of Van Gogh to the screen, with varying degrees of success, but no one has ever made anything quite like the extraordinary Loving Vincent, which was an official selection at this year’s Telluride Film Festival and will be screened this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Spaulding Auditorium in the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College.

To call it an animated film is technically correct, but what filmmakers Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have done is expand our ideas of animation in the service of something really remarkable. They tell the story of Van Gogh’s life by animating his paintings, and the places and people in them.

Each of the 65,000 frames of film is a single oil painting, painted by a professional artist copying Van Gogh’s canvases. Over the course of the six-year making of the film, the directors animated 94 of Van Gogh’s paintings and also had the artists paint scenes in his style, for use in flashbacks and transitions.

When the canvases are animated, the people in them move and speak, and objects seen in Van Gogh’s paintings, such as trains or crows, chug chug down a track or fly up over a wheat field.

Here are the physician who treated Van Gogh, Dr. Gachet, and the postman Roulin; the Night Café in Arles and Moulin de la Galette in Paris. Such well-known actors as Chris O’Dowd, Helen McCrory and Saoirse Ronan voice the roles of people central in Van Gogh’s life, and art.

You can’t outdo Van Gogh, and the intensity radiating from his paintings can’t be replicated in a movie. But Loving Vincent brings you into his late-19th-century world in a way you couldn’t have imagined possible, until you see it done.

Loving Vincentwill be screened Saturday at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium in the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. For tickets and information go to hop.dartmouth.edu/online/film or call the Box Office at 603-646-2422.

Nicola Smith can be reached at nsmith@vnews.com.