Price: $310.00

    Code: 2238

    Directed by Valerie Manuel
    2005, 52 minutes
    Purchase: $310 Classroom Rental: $125

    Earlier this year, Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" was sold for $135 million. It was the largest amount ever paid for a painting. Ronald S. Lauder, the cosmetics magnate who purchased the painting for a gallery solely devoted to German and Austrian art, described it as "our Mona Lisa." Vienna 1900 is a wonderful new documentary that explores this fin-de-siécle metropolis at the turn-of-the-century and the rich artistic movement that engendered such a work.

    Vienna circa 1900 was an artistic capital brimming with life and vitality. Much of contemporary Western culture has its roots in this singular city, where the works of Freud, Mahler, Schönberg, Wittgenstein, Fritz Lang and many others took shape. In painting, a new movement known as the Vienna Secession was founded by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), Egon Schiele (1890-1918), Koloman Moser (1868-1918), and Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), four painters whose striking work sums up this boldly inventive period.

    In this film, we discover their distinctive personalities and diverse art, as well as the unique time and place in which they lived. Interspersed throughout are comments and analyses from a variety of specialists: Bernard Stiegler, a philosopher and director of IRCAM; Christine Lecerf, an historian specializing in Austrian literature; Élisabeth Roudinesco, an historian, psychoanalyst and biographer of Freud; Bruno Mathon, a painter and art critic; Serge Lemoine, president of the Musée d'Orsay; and professor Rudolf Léopold, a collector and founder of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. This documentary was produced to coincide with the "Vienna 1900" exhibition held at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2005-2006.

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    * Official Selection, International Film Festival on Art, Montreal, 2006


    “Outstanding! The work of these four painters is showcased with clear, gorgeous photography… The close-up views of the great paintings and shots of important architectural elements and buildings make the viewer feel that they are involved in the Movement… School, academic and public libraries will want to purchase to illustrate the importance of this period in art and contemporary Western culture.” - Educational Media Reviews Online