When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world…
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This film kept reminding me of STATUES ALSO DIE. Museum curators probably think that they are preserving art, keeping it alive for future generations, but all of the art in museums is already dead, like mummies in a tomb. They have those in museums, too.
Despite its avowed declarations of affinity with Brueghel, shares little of his radically decentered and temporally simultaneous network spatiality and plays out like a part-flâneur part-Artist’s self-conscious and visually accomplished but at times strenuous essay on loneliness and “transience”.
Intelligent, beautifully shot meditation on the many paths by which we read works of art, Vienna, and rootlessness. The real revelation, however, is O'Hara, enigmatic creator of one of the greatest albums ever made, "Miss America" : she comes across as sweet, slightly vulnerable, and is bizarrely cognisant of the musical oeuvre of Cradle Of Filth. Such are the enticing diversionary routes which art offers!
Jem Cohen's mesmerizing meditation on the nature of art and the transience of human existence finds two strangers forging a connection in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Is great art merely the trash of another era much like our own? Life in transition slowly moving toward antiquity marks the core of Cohen's sublime and quietly engrossing exploration of the power of art to bind people together across the ages.
No resulta para nada descabellado pensar que hay algo en el método de acción de Jem Cohen que se asemeja bastante a las ideas de la pintura que tuvo Brueghel. En ambos casos, lo general parece constituirse a partir de la conciencia sobre las partes que producen el todo. Las pequeñas figuras dispersas de Brueghel incentivan al espectador a encontrar las particularidades, aquello que (n)los hace distintos a los demás.
As soon as I entered the film I knew that I had been there . it was a wonderful revisit. At the time I visited many museums in Vienna but i did not pay attention to the street, the life, the people. So this gave me a small opportunity. I was familiar with the Breughel people and through this film I came to know a Viennese man.