Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hermitage Revealed Outstanding Art Documentary

Hermitage Revealed: 250 Years in the Making – movie review by Anne Brodie

Written and directed by Margy Kinmonth
Nov 16, 19 – Cineplex’ Front Row Centre Gallery series – Check local listings across Canada
Rating: 4.5
The State Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. It was founded in 1764 by Russian ruler Catherine the Great founded it in 1764 as her private collection. It opened to the public in 1852. The museum owns 3 million artefacts but most are in storage. The museum is housed in six buildings but even that space isn’t sufficient to show it all off, if you can imagine. Now in its 250th year, its vast treasures are on display like never before in this stunning documentary.
Filmmaker Margy Kinmonth presents a guided tour through the museum and its private spaces to see as close as any member of the public has seen the metals, paintings, marbles, animal and jewel treasures. The buildings, formerly royal palaces that last were home to the doomed Romanoff’s, are a fantasy of gilt, marble, art glass and sunshine. An outrageously decadent spot if you were poor in 1900 – you wouldn’t have seen inside, but you might have heard. Today, the highest level of historic architecture and art encased in state amber for the entire world to enjoy.
It survived a devastating fire, threats of Nazi looting – Russian soldiers squirreled the treasures away in caves – internal theft and other catastrophes. Not only does it highlight and pay tribute to Russian culture and history, ....

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