VIFF FILM #1
a.k.a THE ACT OF LOOKING. Consistently digressive and yet still compelling, i.e. a Wiseman documentary. Fascinating when it explores art, restoration, viewership, artistic integrity, public consumption, and a myriad of other things within the context of the museum or gallery (e.g. context of the piece and the original framing or play of light). Less compelling when it simply becomes an art history lecture, which it frequently does. Played out like an actual museum, with my interest waxing and waning as it would in an actual art gallery. Still, as with most of Wiseman's oeuvre, worth watching if only for the singular experience of doing so.
Wish there was more on that restoration bit though--that seemingly tossed off line about how hundreds if not thousands of hours of restoration work placed on top of varnish are gone within minutes of the next iteration of cleaning seriously floored me.