In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert, known and appreciated by the world. Oldman is hired by a ...
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In the world of high-end art auctions and antiques, Virgil Oldman is an elderly and esteemed but eccentric genius art-expert, known and appreciated by the world. Oldman is hired by a solitary young heiress, Claire Ibbetson, to auction off the large collection of art and antiques left to her by her parents. For some reason, Claire always refuses to be seen in person. Robert aids Oldman in restoring and reassembling some odd mechanical parts he finds amongst Claire's belongings, while also giving him advice on how to befriend her and deal with his feelings towards her. Also a friend of Oldman, Billy Whistler helps him to acquire a secret private collection of master paintings. Written by
In the pub across from the villa there hangs a poster on the wall which features a design promoting Alexander. Alexander was a magician who performed in the early 20th century and enjoyed great success in his presentations within the field of mentalism (e.g. mind reading, telepathy and the like). Alexander was often promoted as "The Man Who Knows", due to his ability to answer questions put to him by the audience under seemingly impossible circumstances. This, of course, parallels the function of the automaton which is featured in the film. See more »
When Virgil talks to Claire about "seeing each other" the blue folder disappears between shots. See more »
I wouldn't be so sure if I were you. Human emotions are like works of art. They can be forged. They seem just like the original, but they are a forgery.
Everything can be faked, Virgil. Joy, pain, hate... illness, recovery. Even love.
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It uses the Art as a mean to illustrate the Art as an end.
The Art is used in literal sense. Namely, the exterior is set in Rome (and a bit of Prague) which are finest art statements to this day, while the interior scenes are shot in gorgeous villas among pieces of art (voluptuous sculptures, sensuous paintings, precious pieces of furniture).
But more importantly, The Art is used in metaphorical sense: The Art of transforming one's Passion into Possession. The Art of transforming one's drive for Perfection and striving for owns Protection into one's Flow and Vulnerability. The Art of merging opposing feelings, causing inner conflicts, arousing thousand emotions, attacking all senses, shaking the nerves...shaking the very ground until...
...until it becomes the ultimate Work of Art itself!
Bravo Maestro's: Tornatore, Moriconne and Rush!
Biljana Gjoneska - www.evermind.me
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