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Old masters and cinema with Wiseman's film 'National Gallery'

FRANCE 24

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman is our guest today on Cannes Rendezvous. His latest project is one that many an art buff would envy: spending twelve weeks filming a fly-on-the-wall film at London's National Gallery.

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As Frederick Wiseman presents his film at Cannes' "Directors' Fortnight" competition, he tells Catherine Nicholson about the broader interest in art that sparked the project, and why he sees no contradiction in making films about subjects as diverse as galleries, mental hospitals, and the French cabaret "Crazy Horse".

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