I loved the steady cam shots, the class struggle taking place at the museum (read: guards are considered sub-human and worthless by the management) not to mention the scooter sequence in the immense archive. Take this, Mister Wiseman!
To do "in the manner of" is limited when this is, in fact, the only way that shows what wanting to do. In this case, to do in "the manner of Wiseman", when only repeats his investigative "démarche", without investing in an editing that enhances a whole made up of blocks- as Wiseman almost always did so brilliantly- only results in a clear display of a tedious indistinction. The painting here is figure without figure.
It's a warning to those who aspire to big & broad acts of freedom: do it, and the aliens from planet germany will come, pin you to the wall, and frame you mercilessly. Thus framed you will marvel at the absurdity of your testimony of human freedom.
Deciding on a desperate, monumental reinvention of one's self, how far do we go? In this case, it's fascinating, watching the frenetic anxiety of these people as they struggle with decisions that most of us would make with confidence, in order to attempt bigger things ... Discomfiture! Anxiety! Compulsion to novelty, but true nature will not accept! Also, this film is very, very quiet.
This film plays up the tensions between past glory and present marketing, empire and republic, opulence and penny-pinching, restoration and corrosion, bureaucracy and humanity. The final image is a wise selection.
If you love art this a movie worth watching. It delves into the numerous pieces of historical art that reside in one of Vienna's museums. The art was beautiful. The movie goes into how the museum's inner workings operate. It brings you to question "what was it like back when these pieces of art were new?" Definitely a movie for art and history lovers.
The Kuntsthistorsches, one of the world's most priceless museums in the world, gets a thorough walk-through in this film and offers a perspective people do not often think about. Behind the scenes, museum staff spend countless hours transporting and maintaining the thousands of artifacts at any given time. Many of the montages and long shots of staff emphasis the fragile yet critical bond between the staff and art.
The museum is no less lovely in person. Like it, this film has a cavernous, empty quality-- it's ponderous, free associative, replete with little affecting surprises. When you're there, have Sachertorte at one of the malachite tables in the rotunda.