National Gallery

Premiered August 2015

Fred Wiseman's film 'National Gallery' goes behind the scenes of a London institution.

National Gallery takes the audience on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film.

Funding provided by Canal+, CNC (centre national du cinema et de l’image animée), ITVS, Pershing Square Foundation, Planete: Olivier Stroh, Delia Baldeschi, Sandrine Delegiewicz, LEF Moving Image Fund, WGBH Educational …

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Frederick Wiseman on NATIONAL GALLERY

Excerpt from an interview in which director Frederick Wiseman discusses making his film NATIONAL GALLERY:

"My films are about institutions, the place is the star. I am trying to make films about as many different aspects of contemporary life as possible. Every film is like a trip to Las Vegas. I roll the dice with the choice of subject matter and hope that I find enough interesting sequences out of which I can make a film.​I thought of making a film about a museum at least 30 years ago."

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