The National Gallery in London is one of the great museums of the world with 2400 paintings from the 13th to the end of the 19th century. Almost every human experience is represented in one or the other of the paintings. The sequences of the film show the public in various galleries; the education programs, and the scholars, scientists and curators, studying, restoring and planning the exhibitions. The relation between painting and storytelling is explored.
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- Frederick Wiseman
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Scarcely a scene or shot goes by, even the ones without speech, in which you don't learn something...
I have a great antipathy towards didacticism. I think, when my films work, they work in part because they bring a place to people.
Frederick Wiseman has made 37 documentaries and 2 fiction films. Among his documentaries are TITICUT FOLLIES, WELFARE, PUBLIC HOUSING, NEAR DEATH, LA COMEDIE FRANCAISE OU L'AMOUR JOUE, and LA DANSE-LE BALLET DE L'OPERA DE PARIS. His documentaries are dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray the joy, sadness, comedy and tragedy of ordinary experience. He has won numerous awards including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His films have played in theatres and been broadcast on television in many countries. He is also a theatre director and has directed “The Last Letter,” based on a chapter of Vasily Grossman's novel Life and Fate, and Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” at the Comédie Française. He is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.