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John Malkovich as Gustav Klimt

“Klimt” begins as the artist is dying of syphilis in 1918 and proceeds in hallucinatory fashion through the last 18 years of his life. (Bernhard Berger / Outsider Pictures)
Saffron Burrows and John Malkovich in “Klimt.” (Bernhard Berger / Outsider Pictures)
Ina Kopp in a scene from “Klimt.” (Bernhard Berger / Outsider Pictures)
Saffron Burrows portrays Klimt’s muse, Lea de Castro. (Bernhard Berger / Outsider Pictures)
Veronica Ferres as Klimt’s longtime partner, Emilie Floge. (Bernhard Berger / Outsider Pictures)
Nikolai Kinski portrays painter Egon Schiele in the film. (Bernhard Berger / Outsider Pictures)
John Malkovich and Saffron Burrows. To evoke the golden, swirling surfaces of Gustav Klimt’s images, writer-director Raul Ruiz used a range of low-tech effects, including some that the painter himself used to create his visually fractured imagery. (Bernhard Berger / Outsider Pictures)
Malkovich initially turned down the role but changed his mind because of Ruiz’s involvement. (Outsider Pictures)
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