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401 Ratings

National Gallery

Directed by Frederick Wiseman
United States, France, 2014


Frederick Wiseman takes the audience on a journey to the heart of the world-famous museum, revealing the secrets within its corridors and its Western art masterpieces. This portrait of the National Gallery shows its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public and its paintings.

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National Gallery Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | Directors' Fortnight

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Documentary

Wiseman is now eighty-four, and this documentary is made with all the sympathy and sly craft that have distinguished his work over the years. It flows and shifts like water through its three hours, so smoothly that time seems to vanish. He makes us feel both one of the crowd and a privileged insider.
January 07, 2015
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While plenty of experts are on hand to walk us through terrifically insightful journeys through the paintings, Wiseman’s symphonic film is structurally held together, and made cinematically vibrant, through maybe the most reaction shots ever put together in a feature film—art and thought both put on display.
November 05, 2014
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This is among Wiseman’s densest, and best, works—one that, after a profoundly emotional start, becomes a much stranger, slippery beast.
May 17, 2014
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