Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold, a new film, explores the Republic of Austria v. Atlmann law case fought by Maria Altmann and lawyer E. Randol Schoenberg, one of the owners of dnj Gallery, to reclaim an iconic painting by Gustav Klimt. In the film E. Randol Schoenberg is played by Ryan Reynolds and dnj Gallery Owner/Director, Pamela Schoenberg is played by Katie Holmes. The film was screened this past February at Berlinale.

The fight for justice never ends.

Plot Summary 
The film is based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee, living in Los Angeles who, together with her young lawyer, E. Randol Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was confiscated from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II. Altmann took her legal battle all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, which ruled in her favor in Republic of Austria v. Altmann (2004).

Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907
oil, silver, and gold on canvas, 54 in. x 54 in.

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