If it wasn’t for Elle Fanning, I doubt if this film would be lauded in the same way. She plays Mary Shelley – only really known for writing the science fiction novel Frankenstein.
“Loving Vincent” is a groundbreaking combination of live action, animation and artistry, in that the scenes were shot with live actors, then each frame of the film (around 65,000 of them) was hand-painted over in oils in faithful replication of the style of the artist Vincent Van Gogh. The result is visually enthralling as we see Vincent’s paintings and particularly the people in them come to life as the artist himself saw them.
The film is adapted from the novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” (also published as “The Trial of Elizabeth Cree”) by London’s biographer Peter Ackroyd. Like Ackroyd’s book, it is a fictional murder mystery built around the historically factual and unsolved crimes of a Victorian serial killer in the East End of London, who was known as the Limehouse Golem.