By Joe McGovern
November 21, 2014 at 05:00 AM EST

National Gallery

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The knowledge that Rembrandt recycled his own paintings doesn’t minimize the scene in Frederick Wiseman’s documentary where we see an X-ray of one of the Dutch master’s portraits — and go, ”Wow!” It’s one magnificent moment among dozens in this iridescent look at London’s premier art institution. Gazing at the guides, curators, restorers, and visitors, Wiseman finds gold flecks of metaphor, especially during debates between the museum director and his PR team, when he frets about ”looking as if one’s short of cash and desperate for publicity.” A

National Gallery

type
  • Movie
Genre
mpaa
  • Unrated
runtime
  • 180 minutes
director
  • Frederick Wiseman
Complete Coverage
  • National Gallery

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