A still from Kobiela and Welchman's private dick-inflected artists bio-pic, 'Loving Vincent.'
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For humans of a certain vintage and cultural imprint, however, the dollops of sentimentality fueling the story are precisely those of Don "American Pie" McLean, who penned and crooned the 1971 ballad "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)".Co-directed by Kobiela and Welchman (from a script by Welchman, Kobiela and Jacek Dehnel) and rendered by "a team of 125 painters," "Loving Vincent" is a biopic-cum-police procedural about pioneering artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890).Armand, who once sat for Van Gogh, only reluctantly accepts the errand.Before discovering painting, Vincent apparently couldn't hold down a job and the merchant speculates the artist felt he never lived up to parents' expectations.In Auvers, where the artist died, the housekeeper of Van Gogh's pal Dr. Gachet opines that the artist was evil. True to true-crime convention, Armand finds reason to suspect that Van Gogh may have been murdered.The credits, however, are accompanied by a cover of Don McLeans' second-best-loved tune, "Vincent".
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