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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 »
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Mizzi
Joachim Bißmeier ... Hugo Moritz
Ernst Stötzner Ernst Stötzner ... Minister Hartl
Paul Hilton ... Duke Octave
Annemarie Düringer ... Klimt's Mother
Irina Wanka Irina Wanka ... Berta Zuckerkandl
Florentin Groll Florentin Groll ... Messerschmidt
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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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

Architect Loos: Now what could be more sexual than the crucifixion?
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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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Post-modern referential poetic movie
8 April 2007 | by datajackSee all my reviews

Those who find this movie boring, even terrible, are probably not familiar with post-modern cinema. This is not a Hollywood classic recipe movie, it is an post-modern art film that relies on poetry and a reference system to other pieces of art to give meaning to symbols.

Concerning one of the uncultivated commenters who thought that there was too much "talk, talk, talk", well that part was meaningful and well done. It portrayed the pedantic falsely deep talk of that particular social class in that particular era, and at the same time show Klimt's point of view on it.

As another commenter said, bad scores to this movie is not about the movie but more about the viewer. Not because you don't understand references and are not used to that kind of movie that it is bad.


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Country:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,332, 24 June 2007

Gross USA:

$97,656

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$584,991
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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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