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Woman in Gold
Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II, she believes rightfully belongs to her family. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis.
|Studio :||BBC Films, Origin Pictures,|
|Crew :||Art Direction, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Jonathan Pryce Moritz Bleibtreu Tom Schilling Ludger Pistor Frances Fisher|
Good start, but then it gets ruined
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
The lady in question is Adele Bloch-Bauer who was the subject of a magnificent painting, deploying lots of gold, by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. Following the Anschuss of 1938 when Germany took over Austria, this painting was one of many, many artefacts seized by the Nazis from Jewish families in occupied Europe.The film tells the story - a little fictionalised - of Adele's niece Maria Altmann who escaped from Vienna to live in California and, during the 1980s as an octogenarian, pursued an audacious claim to take back this painting and other Klimt works from the Austrian Government. Helen Mirren is brilliant as Altmann in another distinguished performance in a sparkling career during which she has played everything from "The Queen" to an assassin (RED"), while Ryan Reynolds is surprisingly good as her lawyer Randy Schoenberg in a role a million miles from "Green Lantern" or "Deadpool".There's a lot going on in this film: legal battles over the art work with some classic courtroom scenes, flashbacks (in sepia colours) to Altmann's earlier life in 1930s Vienna, and an evolving relationship between the irascible Altmann and the idealistic Schoenberg, both descendants of famous Austrians. This is not the kind of film that was ever going to be a major box office draw but it is certainly worth a home viewing.
It was a good choice after I have read all the positive critics here. This is a very emotional true story that is well told and never boring. There were good flashbacks where all the reconstructed scenes were originally and perfectly done. I felt to be in the movie. All the actors and especially Ryan Reynolds delivered a great job. Helen Mirren put as usual a special humor note into the ambiance. It seems this role is suited to her and nobody else. The music was wonderful and I had even some tears. This movie is much more better than the other ones about the stolen Jewish paintings from the Nazi. See it. 7/10If you like this genre of movie don't miss The Pianist, Der Letzte Zug or Die Fälscher.
This movie is based on the ideal example of post-Nazi artwork recovery. The valuable piece of art was not just collected by the Jewish family, but was personally commissioned by them, and is a cherished painting of a family member.The movie goes on to tell a heartwarming non-linear story about the attempts to recover the painting and the tragic history of the family leading up to its seizure. The film does a great job of that. SPOILER ALERT Where the movie and the premise falls apart is the last line, right before the credits. The painting is taken from the country which has grown to love it and reunited with its rightful owner who... immediately sells it.That pretty much ruined the movie for me. The main characters claim to not be doing it for the money, but ultimately they take the money.This movie belongs on HGTV between show about international house flippers.
Woman in Gold tells the true story of Maria Altmann's quest, aided heavily by Randol Schoenberg, to retrieve a famed Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, which was owned by her family before being stolen by the Nazis.This is a movie that only works at all because of Helen Mirren. She is excellent, and telegraphs all the losses Maria faced in Austria during the Holocaust, and why this painting holds such deep meaning for her. A scene towards the end of the film where she returns to her old Austrian home, and walks through moments in her life as a way of making peace with the past is very moving. The best that can be said for Ryan Reynolds is that he tries, but he is miscast at best in the role of Schoenberg. He is wrong for this movie, and frankly, drags down scenes that are supposed to show his struggles as he tries to move Altmann's court case.In all, I would say watch this movie for Mirren, and grit your teeth when watching Reynolds.