Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. 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.Written by
Elyse J. Factor
Aside from his legal work, Randy Schoenberg is a notable Jewish genealogist. He is distantly related to Maria Altmann as her aunt's first cousin's wife's fourth cousin twice removed. See more »
Street signs are visible in some of the scenes set in Vienna in the late 1930s, but they are the post-war (blue with white font) signs, mostly long and rectangular; the pre-war signs have a white background with black font and are almost square-shaped. See more »
I just got home from seeing this film, and I very much enjoyed it. I've been reading some of the negative reviews and trying to understand what they're on about, but I just don't get it. I think it was a great film and I'm glad I saw it. OK, maybe following all the legal machinations gets a little dry at points, but I'm happy with this. It means that the film makers *respect* the story. This isn't one of those atrocities that claims to be based on history, but in fact plays so fast-and-loose with the facts that what you are getting is almost entirely fiction (yes, "The Imitation Game", I'm looking at *you*). While I don't know the details of the actual history in this case, from what I'm able to make out it seems like this film stays pretty true to the facts. I, for one, am glad they resisted the trend of schmaltzing the thing up.
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