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Behind the Scenes of a London Institution

National Gallery - Behind the Scenes of a London Institution
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Brandon

Just serves to deepen questions about the existence, history, & purpose of museums in today's world (& not in a flattering way), which I suspect was not the original intention of the project. An own goal, if you will.

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Carlos

Far too long. The same talking points are repeated by museum staff constantly and certain scenes are interminable. In the last hour or so, all Wiseman does is string one gallery/painting discussion after another, with no attempt to shape or contrast the different talks. And far too much ...Read more

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Darryl

Beautifully shot but dramtically inert, at three hours it's too much. Wiseman hasn't shaped the footage into a compelling narrative to justify its lenght.

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cecile

very interesting. made me look and understand important paintings a second time around!

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