Gentle Friends, last night we watched a most wonderful film.... "Women in Gold" - 2015 - starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl and Katie Holmes. The film is the truncated story of Maria Altmans fight to retrieve her families stolen property. Basically paintings looted by the Nazis in 1938..... including one very famous painting.... called the Viennese "Mona Lisa"...
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) Gustav Klimt
Told in flashbacks from the present (the mid 1990's - 2006) to the past (1920's - 38) you see through Maria's eyes her family living in Vienna and her living in southern California. It's a powerful story of restitution and the determination of a single person to overcome gigantic odds.
When I visited Vienna in 2002 I saw the painting at the Belvedere Museum and it is spectacular. If you don't know the story I won't ruin it for you, but I would HIGHLY recommend the film. The weekends coming up, go rent it!!
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