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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.

Director:

Raoul Ruiz (as Raúl Ruiz)

Writers:

Raoul Ruiz (as Raúl Ruiz), Gilbert Adair (translation: English) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Malkovich ... Klimt
Veronica Ferres ... Midi
Stephen Dillane ... Secretary
Saffron Burrows ... Lea de Castro
Sandra Ceccarelli ... Serena Lederer
Nikolai Kinski ... Egon Schiele
Aglaia Szyszkowitz Aglaia Szyszkowitz ... Mizzi
Joachim Bißmeier Joachim Bißmeier ... Hugo Moritz
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ... Minister Hartl
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ... Duke Octave
Annemarie Düringer ... Klimt's Mother
Irina Wanka Irina Wanka ... Berta Zuckerkandl
Florentín Groll Florentín Groll ... Messerschmidt (as Florentin Groll)
Miguel Herz-Kestranek Miguel Herz-Kestranek ... Dr. Stein
Marion Mitterhammer 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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Biography | Drama

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Austria | France | Germany | UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Климт See more »

Filming Locations:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut) | (producer's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Midi: Kissing anywhere but on the lips is like smoking without inhaling.
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Alternate Versions

A 131 minutes long Director's Cut was released theatrically in Austria and is available on DVD in the UK. See more »

Connections

References Frida (2002) See more »

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Bilderbogen
14 February 2006 | by vinylforeverSee all my reviews

I saw the short version at the European Screen market during the Berlin Film Festival ,and I have to tell that this version is nothing more than a visualization. No real story, unclear jumps between reality and vision. Bombastic sets, incredible costumes -- but then the same road is used for Vienna and Paris street scenes. Besides that: Nicolai Kinski (son of late Klaus) as Schiele is a diamond in this. Malkovich is the monolith in this nothing of a storyline.

This picture urgently needs an English synchronization. The German/Austrian actors contra American/English mix is horrible. This is a German who writes this!

I hope I will see the long one somewhen. Perhaps it makes it much clearer.


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