An in-depth look at daily life at one of the most famous cultural institutions in the world, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
The Kunsthistorisches, completed in 1891, is one of the world’s most beautiful museums and its collection is exquisite. If you can’t travel to Vienna this season, why not visit the museum remotely, through Johannes Holzhausen’s lovely exploration? His hands-off approach is immersive and elegant.
The time was taken and the effort made to create a work worthy of the film's title, and the successful result, perhaps surprisingly, is deeply moving--so much so that it fades away at its close only like a dream you cannot bear to see end. An ultimate justification and illumination of the word "museum," beautifully shot, edited and paced--and always explicating, in the quietest of ways, the nature of existence.
Absolutely fantastic. What I found most impressive was the sheer size and scale of the museum--which is only *one* of the museums in Vienna. Coming from a mid-size North American city, I can only dream of having that level of culture immediately accessible. I guess Europeans are used to it. I also found the museum staff as interesting, in their own way, as the pieces they know so much about. Don't miss this one!
I loved the steady cam shots, the class struggle taking place at the museum (read: guards are considered sub-human and worthless by the management) not to mention the scooter sequence in the immense archive. Take this, Mister Wiseman!
To do "in the manner of" is limited when this is, in fact, the only way that shows what wanting to do. In this case, to do in "the manner of Wiseman", when only repeats his investigative "démarche", without investing in an editing that enhances a whole made up of blocks- as Wiseman almost always did so brilliantly- only results in a clear display of a tedious indistinction. The painting here is figure without figure.
This film plays up the tensions between past glory and present marketing, empire and republic, opulence and penny-pinching, restoration and corrosion, bureaucracy and humanity. The final image is a wise selection.
It's a warning to those who aspire to big & broad acts of freedom: do it, and the aliens from planet germany will come, pin you to the wall, and frame you mercilessly. Thus framed you will marvel at the absurdity of your testimony of human freedom.