Death and the Maiden allows Egon Schiele to come to life. Most will not remember Schiele, but the young artist was a sensual provocateur that set Vienna afire. Most of the film is told in flashback, as we see how Schiele’s wife died and what fed his art during¬† World War I. You’ll never believe that how important the black market was to save lives during the Spanish Flu epidemic. While I enjoyed what I watched, it is a standard biopic. For the artists out there, they might dig it. What I didn’t like was how they kept Gustaf Klimt’s influence at the forefront. Oh well, it’s worth a rental.

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