National Gallery is an observation of a place, its way of working, its curators and staff, its public, and perhaps more than anything else, its paintings. An immersive meditation on the act of seeing, this is the latest triumph in the career of documentary legend, Frederick Wiseman.
After his insightful accounts of the Paris Opera Ballet in La Danse and Berkeley University in At Berkeley, Frederick Wiseman points his camera at another cultural institution in his latest documentary, London’s National Gallery. In his distinctive style, the film is a carefully observed portrait of the gallery’s working life from top to bottom. Going behind the scenes and with open access, Wiseman follows the restorers, curators, executives and visitors to take us to the heart of the museum.