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Klimt (2005)



Critic Consensus: Klimt is handsomely filmed, but the blurred storyline and substandard performances prove its undoing.

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"Klimt" examines the last years of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt's life, from 1900 to 1918.

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John Malkovich
as Gustav Klimt
Veronica Ferres
as Emilie Flöge
Saffron Burrows
as Lea de Castro
Georgia Reeve
as Lea de Castro double [stand in]
Stephen Dillane
as Secretary
Sandra Ceccarelli
as Serena Lederer
Annemarie Düringer
as Klimt's Mother
Paul Hilton (II)
as Duke Octave Herzog
Joachim Bissmeier
as Hugo Moritz
Ernst Stötzner
as Minister Hartl
Irina Wanka
as Berta Zuckerkandl
Nikolai Kinski
as Egon Schiele
Florentin Groll
as Messerschmidt
Gunther Gillian
as Georges Méliès
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Critic Reviews for Klimt

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (15)

John Malkovich has virtually cornered the market on portraying aesthetes in the thrall of demonic visions. Klimt adds to his gallery of elegant monsters.

October 17, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5

A good bio of any historical character has to have a compelling story, whether evil or good. Klimt appears to have had that story. I sure would have liked to know what it was.

September 14, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Ruiz is terrific in evoking a heady atmosphere of ornate fin de siecle decadence, and Malkovich is ideally cast as a coolly intellectual, free-thinking, free-living aesthete...

August 31, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Ruiz is so intent on harnessing the painter to his own -- here, rather arid -- relativism that he never manages to convey the unfettered eros that brings crowds flocking to exhibitions of Klimt's work, even as critics hold their noses.

August 30, 2007

[It's] an eyeful.

August 30, 2007 | Full Review…

Klimt comes across as a lovely but unfathomable object, and an inadvertent case study in the argument for the ultimate integrity of Klimt's art.

August 10, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Klimt


[font=Century Gothic]"Klimt" starts in a hospital in Vienna in 1918 as both the First World War and the Austro-Hungarian Empire are coming to an end. Of all the beds occupied, only the one containing the dying artist Gustav Klimt(John Malkovich) is of interest to the viewer. In his delirium, he thinks back to 1900 and a fateful trip to Paris.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Raul Ruiz, "Klimt" is a return to the extreme stream of consciousness territory that he had previously visited with his adaptation of Proust's "Time Regained" which also featured John Malkovich. There are some nice touches with this movie such as the silent movie within a movie and the idea that Klimt represented the first breath of the 20th century in conflict against the dying 19th century. But by venturing too far into a house of mirrors, Ruiz fails to deliver anything of substance concerning the artist, nor is it anywhere near as erotic as it should have been.[/font]

Walter M.
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