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Klimt (2006)

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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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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

Gross USA:

$97,656, 31 December 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$475,711, 31 December 2007
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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 »

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Architect Loos: Now what could be more sexual than the crucifixion?
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Don't waste your money
30 May 2007 | by MacrsdSee all my reviews

I'm sorry but I thought the film Klimt was the worst film I have ever seen about an artist - John Malkovich doesn't even approach a resemblance to Klimt - I can forgive mis-casting however but Mr. M decided to play the role with a monotone voice throughout the ENTIRE film - it was awful - although it is true that not much is known about Klimt (biographical detail comes from second hand information such as correspondence) but to play this role comatose was none too inspiring - there was nothing - nothing - about the climate he during the fin de siècle Vienna - nothing about the scandalous Faculty paintings or the Vienna Secession, his friend Emilie Flöge who eventually owned a fashion house, etc. etc. - There is so much that could have been included in the film to give one a sense of the time and where he was placed in it - Instead Malkovich walks around like he's in a stupor - Don't waste your money


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