Austrian art-house biographical film about the life of the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt (1862–1918). It was written and directed by Raoul Ruiz, with an English screenplay adaptation by Gilbert Adair. The director of photography was Ricardo Aronovich, and the music was composed by Jorge Arriagada. The title role was played by John Malkovich and the cast included Stephen Dillane. Both a 130 minute long director’s cut and a shortened producer’s cut of 96 minutes were shown at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.
Gustav Klimt lived his life like he painted it, full of intensity, sensuality and passion. As he lies on his deathbed, Klimt (John Malkovich) recalls his life, reflecting on his torrid affairs and his struggles for artistic freedom. Themes within the film include Klimt’s platonic friendship with Emilie Floege (Veronica Ferres). Much of the film is centred on Klimt’s relationship with Lea de Castro (Saffron Burrows), a dancer to whom he is introduced by the film pioneer Georges Méliès.
The film was shown at the 2006 Moscow International Film Festival where it was nominated for two awards, winning the Russian Film Clubs Federation Award.
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