(PCM) Frederick Wiseman’s documentary, National Gallery, debuts at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 5 and opens in New York City November 5, 2015.
National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
London’s National Gallery, one of the world’s foremost art institutions, is itself portrayed as a brilliant work of art in this, Frederick Wiseman’s 39th documentary and counting.
Wiseman listens raptly as a panoply of docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner; he visits with the museum’s restorers as they use magnifying glasses, tiny eye-droppers, scalpels, and Q-tips to repair an infinitesimal chip.
He attends administrative meetings in which senior executives do (polite) battle with younger ones who want the museum to become less stodgy and … Read more
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