Mary Poppins Returns
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The flitting glimpses of interesting moments and grand rooms don't shape into much of a narrative here, perhaps because the people featured also seem detached from a greater purpose.
Armchair travellers will revel in this opportunity to see such a superb collection as well as all the toil and passion behind it.
Feels like a cursory guided tour.
Holzhausen is respectful but not reverential, portraying the museum as a living thing that's being cared for with meticulous diligence.
Johannes Holzhausen's sumptuous documentary pays tribute to Vienna's Kunsthistorische Museum, its staff - from director to cleaners - and its legacy.
... the magnificence of the building and the collections it houses are evident in even the passing glances offered in this film...
The Great Museum is an intriguing tribute to the dozens of unsung heroes who toil away to provide an environment where the public can come into contact with art and artifacts from times gone by.
You might be better served by taking your own long, slow walk through the scenes your local museum has set for you.
The film creates a kind of romantic view of the minutiae of running a museum, yet it's barely concerned with the actual artwork housed within.
Art-history and museum nerds will doubtlessly be enthralled by The Great Museum, but Holzhausen's choice of material is often random and wandering.
The ghostliness of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna derives from an identity crisis, where digitization threatens to eradicate the gallery space.
Sumptuously photographed, but never "infomercialised", this is Direct Cinema par excellence.
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