Klimt

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Released 2006

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Director:
Raoul Ruiz
Released:
2006
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Klimt is a 2006 biopic telling the life story of Austrian artist Gustav Kilmt directed by Raoul Ruiz. Gustav Klimt (John Malkovich) is on his death bed struggling with various illnesses as he reminisces on his life as a prominent artist in Vienna. In the memories we see Klimt meet Georges M'li's and a woman named Lea de Castros (Saffron Burrows) who Klimt falls for. Klimt also thinks back on his mother and his sister who both suffered from mental illnesses. Not all the imagery is factual, as Klimt is seen imagining several encounters like one with a waiter and one with a minister.

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  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The shortened version is lovely to look at, but the stilted dialogue and crude overdubbing in scenes where English is not spoken often make it an impenetrable hodgepodge.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Klimt comes alive only fitfully at best, and it seems that for those occasional moments when it comes into focus there is an equal number that are merely silly.

  • 40

    Variety

    Billed as a phantasmagoria rather than a biopic, Klimt falls into the philosophical conundrum it attempts to resurrect -- whether portrait and allegory can coexist. Notwithstanding...

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    Arts, Drama

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    Biography, Painting