Saturday, April 18, 2015

Movie Review: Helen Mirren shines in drama about art and justice

SAINT LOUIS JEWISH LIGHT
By Cate Marquis

In “Woman in Gold,” Helen Mirren gives a strong performance in the true story of a woman trying to reclaim art stolen from her family by the Nazis. Since the release of the 2006 documentary “The Rape of Europa,” the Nazis’ wholesale theft of art from Jewish families has drawn interest from filmmakers and audiences. Last year, George Clooney tried to craft a fictional film, “The Monuments Men,” about the Allied team of art experts trying to recover art the Nazis stole, with the same team of experts featured in the documentary, but Clooney’s effort fell flat. “Woman in Gold” succeeds by focusing on one woman’s effort to recover paintings stolen from her family home by the Nazis. [link]