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National Gallery

National Gallery
  • 2014
  • France/US/UK
  • 180 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Frederick Wiseman

A close-up look at the work of London's National Gallery, based on 12 weeks of behind-the-scenes snooping. Wiseman's subtle and considered film forces us to slow down and truly see, arguing that museums can bring academia and the public together and revealing how art can be a fascinating storytelling device.

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Dir: Frederick Wiseman, 2014, France/USA/UK, 181 mins, Cert:12A

Sun 25th Jan | 4 p.m. Tickets: £5 / £4

National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, 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.

"A great, great film" ★★★★★ Telegraph

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National Gallery

5 Jan 20154 stars

Frederick Wiseman's compelling documentary examines the great museum

Given the current trend for museum themed pictures, the timing is right for venerable documentary maker Frederick Wiseman to place his distinctive, considered mark on London’s National Gallery. Taken from 12 weeks' worth of behind the scenes snooping…

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