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as Hugo Moritz
as Gustav Klimt
as Lea de Castro
as Klimt's Mother
as Serena Lederer
as Emilie Flöge
as Duke Octave Herzog
as Egon Schiele
as Minister Hartl
as Berta Zuckerkandl
as Lea de Castro double [stand in]
as Georges Méliès
Critic Reviews for Klimt
John Malkovich has virtually cornered the market on portraying aesthetes in the thrall of demonic visions. Klimt adds to his gallery of elegant monsters.
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.
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...
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.
Audience Reviews for Klimt
A modern Fellini-like movie in it's artistic weirdness at points. I was annoyed at the soundtrack interfering with the dialogue, not sure if it was my TV, the DVD or the actual movie itself. Klimt's works are fascinating, & the movie does make a cogent interpretation of the complex genius behind the art.
Billed as a phantasmagoria rather than a biopic, Klimt falls into the philosophical conundrum it attempts to resurrect -- whether portrait and allegory can coexist. Notwithstanding moments of great beauty, in this case the answer is clearly "no."
Malkovich is especially great when he plays these arrogant and womanizing artist types, isn't he? The answer is undeniably yes.
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