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Klimt (2006)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 3 March 2006 (Austria)
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A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

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(as Raúl Ruiz), (translation: English) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Klimt
... Midi
... Secretary
... Lea de Castro
... Serena Lederer
... Egon Schiele
Aglaia Szyszkowitz ... Mizzi
Joachim Bißmeier ... Hugo Moritz
Ernst Stötzner ... Minister Hartl
Paul Hilton ... Duke Octave
... Klimt's Mother
Irina Wanka ... Berta Zuckerkandl
Florentín Groll ... Messerschmidt (as Florentin Groll)
Miguel Herz-Kestranek ... Dr. Stein
Marion Mitterhammer ... Klimt's Sister
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Storyline

A character study and a meditation on art in a time of opulence and syphilis. Gustave Klimt (1862-1918) lies in hospital, dying. In reveries, he recalls the early 1900s: it's fin de siècle Vienna. At the World Exposition in Paris, Klimt meets Georges Méliès, who does a moving picture for him, and Klimt falls under the spell of a woman who may be Lea de Castro. We see Klimt in his studio; we meet his mother and sister, who suffer from mental illness. We watch Klimt the libertine. On his deathbed and as a younger man, he imagines things as well: encounters with ministers and waiters and with women who are willing participants in his pleasures. Is this the source of art? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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3 March 2006 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Климт  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$97,656, 31 December 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$475,711, 31 December 2007
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When Klimt mashes the cake in the man's face, the icing on the man's face is not covering his right eye. In the next close-up shot, there is a large blob of icing covering the man's right eye. In the next long shot when Klimt starts to wipe the man's face, the icing is no longer covering the man's right eye again. See more »

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Hugo Moritz: A concept that changes as the era changes. For him nothing is ugly. It just depends on the era.
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ridiculously bad
28 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

what a stinker! i went to see this new movie with the best intentions. what could go wrong? it was an austrian-British co-production about an artist i like who painted sexy pictures, and it starred john malkovitch.

well, everything went wrong. perhaps the director thought that in portraying an artist who defied conventions, it is a good idea to defy cineastic conventions. so there is no real storytelling, there are no opening shots, and the sound is clinical horror of over- synchronized voices with ever-dominant emotive music. however, instead of replacing conventions with the bold and new, the director uses theatrical clichés -- a shot of blood&sex here, broken glass there, some fistfights and some insanity, and an overdose of flashbacks.

and there is talk, so much talk!, and the talk is boring. is art truth? should art be new? must the artist be insane? the topics are OK but there is nothing original to be found here, nothing witty or even mildly humorous. if you know an odious person who likes to speak through his nose about how Art is Good and Society is Bad: he may well enjoy this movie. but i found it as annoying as hell.


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