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Klimt - drama/thriller DVD review
KLIMT Unrated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 3 stars
Actors: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Saffron Burrows, Nikolai Kinski, Stephen Dillane
Director: Raul Ruiz   Studio: Koch Lorber Films
DVD release: 08 January 2008   Runtime: 97 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
DVD Features: Subtitles (English), Audio Tracks (Dolby 5.1 Surround: English, German, French), Making-of Featurette, Original Theatrical Trailer

With direction and a script by Raoul Ruiz, Klimt stars John Malkovich as artist Gustav Klimt in a non-linear art house film. To call this film a biopic does it a disservice. It's not a biopic. In fact, you might experience a greater appreciation of the film if you went in more knowledgeable than less.

Perhaps a quick overview is in order. Gustav Klimt, whose primary subject was women, created paintings, murals, and sketches that contained a high level of eroticism. The best example of this might be his Mulher Sentada sketch drawn in pencil. He was a member of the Vienna Art Nouveau movement, and he died on Feb 6, 1918.

His death is the main inspiration behind this film as it tries in a dreamy, David Lynch-ian sort of way to show a dying man's last thoughts. No less, this dying man is Gustav Klimt, so these are the last thoughts coming from an artist's brain. Who is to say what is right or wrong when it comes to a person's last moments and what they are thinking? But the abstract nature of this film's construction will only befuddle a mainstream audience, let alone inform them of Klimt's talents. If you love art, or art house films, or are a fan of Malkovich (or any combination thereof), you might understand it better and more likely enjoy it. Anyone seeking a biopic will not come away knowing more about Klimt.
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