The 2006 Raoul Ruiz film "Klimt" was trashed by many critics after they viewed the producer's version that was commercially released. The much longer director's cut reveals a gem of a film. My detailed review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2017/09/210-late-chilean-maestro-raoul-ruiz.html
A film that pretty much 100% corroborates Laura Mulvey's essay about the male gaze. I suppose this film is heaven for heterosexual males with what seems to be an endless processing of fully naked women shown full frontal and yet not a single shot of a naked male. The cinematography and mise-en-scene were great other than that though.
Assurément pas le meilleur de Ruiz (bien que théoriquement on peut y trouver encore 1000 choses intéressantes comme d'habitude). Cependant je vous conseille d'autres films incroyables de Ruiz, qui reste un cinéaste unique à mes yeux: Les Trois couronnes du matelot, La Ville des pirates, Voyage d'une main, Trois vies et une seule mort...
There are so many bad films about artists. This adds to that list. We gain no real insight into Klimt's art - which simply provides a golden backdrop to a tedious screenplay. Nudity abounds, but nothing half as emotive as the removal of a hairband in the Girl with a pearl earring.
After half an hour the film gets bogged down in an unbearable collection of monologues, images and women (beside of that there is poor image quality). Want to know more about Klimt himself? Then I suggest to read this quote from him: ‘Whoever wants to know something about me - as an artist which alone is significant - they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to recognize what I am and what I want.’