Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : distributed by Entertainment One ; 2015
Branch Call Number: WOM
Characteristics: video file,Blu-Ray,rda
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1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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glotet
Nov 19, 2017

An outstanding film with an outstanding cast, portraying a deeply disturbing piece of history, told with passion and dignity.

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augsburgerin
Sep 18, 2017

A great movie about an Jewish emigrant and her young lawyer taking the Austrian government to court to return a painting of her aunt stolen by the Nazis. Helen Mirren is amazing as usual as Maria Altman and the story is sad and uplifting at the same time.

The movie, with the exception of the opening of Klimt painting Adele Bloch-Bauer's portrait, starts slowly. I think Ryan Reynolds, whom I have come to appreciate, is miscast as the young attorney Randy Schoenberg. But the last third of the film definitely picks up. Helen Mirren's portrayal of Maria Altmann is superheroic. It does great justice to the aged who often live with the past fully present. The final scene is particularly affecting.

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2017

One of the best-paced films that I've seen and good usage of interweaving flashbacks without losing the main thread. It's a long, almost impossible legal journey for Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds as they join forces and play the roles of Maria Altmann and Randy Schoenberg to recover a lost art fortune stolen by the Nazis in WWII Vienna. The director captures the last days of a cultured, happy Jewish family before everything brutally changes. How and why Maria Altmann decides to fight for Klimt’s portrait of her aunt is a fascinating story. Reynolds, who can sometimes come across as just a handsome face, is excellent here as a second-generation Austrian-American who initially gets involved for the possible financial payoff and winds up discovering his own family heritage and meaning. Much like Germany, the Austrians themselves are torn between camps of denying that many—if not most--citizens cooperated with the Nazis, and those who want acknowledgment and reconciliation.

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RescueDog
Jun 19, 2017

I would give this movie 6 stars out of 5. It tells a story that needed to be told. The Viennese scenery is gorgeous. Helen Mirren is always excellent and this movie is no exception. Ryan Reynolds is also excellent. Who knew he is such an exceptional actor! He is so often in stupid movies. I'd love to see him in more performances like this one!

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patch666
Jun 10, 2017

Hellen Mirren is always great>> decent movie. I still cant explain what a Ryan Reynolds is ???

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ba_library
May 18, 2017

Excellent film about one woman's pursuit of justice. It only took 68 years but she finally won! I thought the film was very well done. It is about Maria Altmann's attempt to retrieve a family owned painting, The Woman in Gold painted by Gustav Klimt which was stolen by the Nazi's in 1938 and eventually ended up in a Vienna museum. Ryan Reynolds plays Mrs. Altman's attorney (she was his Mother's friend) and they pursue their case from a local court in Los Angeles to the U.S. Supreme Court and finally to arbitration. The films cuts quite a bit from Mrs. Altmann's childhood in Vienna to her more recent residency in Los Angeles. Gets a bit confusing, but it has both the pursuit of justice by those intimated and denounced (the Jews) by the Nazis blended with modern day courtroom drama. This film is based on a true story, you will likely need a box of tissue nearby and be ready to have true respect and admiration for a woman who wanted to forget her past, but was haunted by those she loved to rectify the grievances of that past.

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lekrasky
Apr 21, 2017

An serious historical drama. I liked the story and the acting was decent. It definitely isn't for a light comedy night, but I'm glad I watched it once.

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HaveCompassion
Dec 27, 2016

Great movie for the family, including kids, to watch together. True story and a gentle reminder of how lives were changed by the Holocaust. Love the ending and justice served!

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Annieoywong
Nov 06, 2016

Excellent movie with outstanding performance. Recommended !

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smorganmacdonald
Jul 03, 2016

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2017

Other: Sanctioned genocide

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kpelish
Jun 21, 2017

"Enjoy Disneyland!" archly stated by Maria Altmann to the defending Austrian attorney. Before the American court trial, he smugly states he's here to kill two birds with one stone: win the suit against her, and visit Disneyland.

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