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Gustav Klimt lived his life like he painted it full of intensity, sensuality and passion. In this biographical fantasy by acclaimed director Raúl Ruiz (Time Regained), Klimt (John Malkovich) recalls the decadence of his past in feverish visions from his deathbed. Reflecting on his many torrid affairs and his struggles for artistic freedom, he travels back to the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. There, Klimt is introduced to a mysterious dancer, Lea de Castro (Saffron Burrows), who emerges as his muse and the personification of his own erotic ideals and carnal desires.
Making-of Featurette, Original Theatrical Trailer
John Malkovich inhabits the role of dissolute artist Gustav Klimt so completely one almost expects to see his wild-eyed features reflected in Klimt's well-known painting The Kiss. The story is a (very) loose biopic about the tortured life of the Austrian artist, whose deathbed ruminations begin the film and the flashbacks that begin to paint the portrait of his incredible, hedonistic life. Even in the relative freeness and sophistication of fin de siècle Europe, Klimt and his fascination with the overtly erotic were bound to become lightning rods for high society, not to mention the self-protective Western art world. Yet Klimt declares (over and over), "I don't give a [bleep] what the critics think," and he begins to build his signature sensual paintings--and a growing grudging respect in his home country as well.
Malkovich is well matched by Saffron Burrows, who plays a witchy French dancer as committed to the idea, and expression, of free love as is the maestro. The film is especially noteworthy for its lush cinematography, which does remarkable justice especially to Klimt's famed "gold" paintings (of which The Kiss is still one of the most recognizable). The city of Vienna itself appears to be lit from within by a million golden candles. --A.T. Hurley
nice to see Klimt and Schiele in early 20 century Vienna as art and the world began to change.Published 4 months ago by Carlton Gordon
Disappointing. While this clearly was intended to reflect Klimt's penchant for allegory (the word was mentioned, probably 1/2 dozen times), it misses the mark entirely in cobbling... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maura Satchell
I love Klimt, I love John Malkovich, but I really am not a fan of this film. I guess I know too much about the subject not to be offended by the portrayals of the women. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wynreader
Worst movie. i love Klimt.I love art. I love movies...this was unbearable!!!Published 9 months ago by Gai
This was a good movie if you wanted to see how people lived and partied. The monkey cage scene was very indicative of café society at that time, if you were known as a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by dw
This was a hard movie to watch all the way through. John Malkovich was his typical bizarre self (which can work in some movies,) but the very thin story here really doesn't give... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Sharron Boxenbaum
the product arrived in perfect conditions. it took the necessary time to get to my address. there was no need to contact the sender. i am really satisfied with this purchase.Published on February 2, 2013 by Alain