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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Louvre City

Documentary filmmaker Nicolas Philibert uses his unique way of telling a story to show us what goes on at the Louvre in Paris after the visitors have gone home and the doors are locked. Like most of his work, it takes a while to get into the rhythm of the film since Philibert doesn’t use a narrative of any kind to tell us what we are looking at or why. Instead, he gently moves his camera through the museum’s quiet halls to show us everything from a group of workers unfolding an enormous canvas for a new exhibition to a group of employees arguing good naturedly about the way they look in their uniforms. The end result is fascinating.

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