About this event
Klimt’s “Woman In Gold” – Art and Film History Livestream.
“When people see the famous portrait, they see a masterpiece by one of Austria’s finest artists. But I see a picture of my aunt, a woman who talked to me about life, while I brushed her hair in her bedroom.” (Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) from “The Woman in Gold”)
Join us for a viewing and analysis of the 2015 movie, “Woman in Gold,” a historical biopic that tells the story of Maria Altmann’s legal battle with the Austrian government to have her aunt’s Klimt portrait returned to her after it was stolen by the Nazis during the 1938 Anschluss of Austria that included the extermination of Austrian Jews and confiscation of their property.
Directed by Simon Curtis and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, the 2015 film stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Daniel Brühl. The film also stars Gustav Klimt’s glorious “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”.
The 109-minute film tells the story of how the 1907 Klimt painting survives the 1938 Anschluss of Austria and the Nazi Holocaust and then in 2006 emigrates to the Ronald S. Lauder Neue Gallery in New York.
The complete 90+ year story cannot be told in 109 minutes. The story of the journey is a complex one of the families involved with the glamorous Klimt painting and each other: the Bloch-Bauer Family, the Klimt Family, the Schoenberg family, and the Austrian/Viennese/Nazi family.
This event is in two parts. There will first be a viewing of the movie followed by a presentation that will focus on the details of the story that the movie did not include.
– View the Movie: 1:10-2:50pm EST (Washington, DC time)
– Watch the Presentation: 2:55-3:30pm ET (Washington, DC time)
You are welcome to join us for both parts. However, if you have already watched “Woman in Gold,” you can join us for just the presentation that follows the film. If you haven’t watched the film but want to watch it on your own, it is available through Amazon Prime Video where you can purchase or rent it—and then you can join us for the presentation.
“Woman in Gold” Film Trailer:
Your hosts for this program are Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture, and MaryBeth Matthews, Event Organizer, and Professor of English and Department Chair of Arts & Humanities at the University of Maryland Global Campus.
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