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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 05 Mar 2013 /
||Director: Alastair Laurence,
||Stars: Andrew Hussey
||Synopsis: This is a documentary about the history of the louvre museum, the building and the historical people influencing it as reflected in the various treasures inside it.
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TREASURES OF THE LOUVRE is one of those remarkable pieces where almost
everything works brilliantly, from the lively photography to the
colorful narrative and the use of a presenter with a passion for his
Presenter Andrew Hussey charts the growth and development of the
museum, focusing in particular on its aristocratic heyday during the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At that point it was not a public
facility but a palace used by kings to show off their treasures as well
as swallow up pieces of land in and around the central Paris area.
Visitors to the court were taken through endless galleries lined with
gilt, looked up at the elaborately carved ceilings, while admiring the
expensive furniture. The Louvre at that point was nothing more than a
testament to the strength of the aristocracy.
There was a brief hiatus during the period of the French Revolution
when Louis XVI was executed; but the monarchy re-appropriated the space
in the early nineteenth century and used it for precisely the same
self-aggrandizing purposes. It was not until the middle of that century
that its present-day function as a public art gallery was considered.
A Parisian resident himself, Hussey was so thoroughly conversant with
his subject that he was both informative as well as entertaining.
Rather than conducting awkward interviews with Louvre personnel - where
he spoke English and the interviewee replied in his native language,
denoting the presence of an (unseen) interpreter in the conversational
exchange - Hussey's bilingualism proved a positive advantage as he
quizzed his interviewees about the gallery's history.
With the camera taking pleasure in tracking down the seemingly endless
galleries filled with treasures, we were given a convincing impression
of the Louvre's sheer size; to cover all of its space would take a week
at least. Hussey showed off his favorite paintings, and explained their
provenance in an entertaining yet informative way.
This was not only a fascinating piece of art history, but a reminder of
what aristocratic life was really like in pre-Revolutionary France.
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