Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Don't Miss This Movie

by Maggie Sefton

I know I posted about recent movies not that long ago, but I really wanted to mention the movie I saw this past Saturday evening.  WOMAN IN GOLD is a wonderful and True Life story of one woman's fight to have her rightful family property returned to her years and years after it was stolen from her family in pre-World War II  Vienna, Austria.   DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE.

Maria Altmann grew up in a successful and wealthy home in Vienna during those years preceding World War II.  She was close to her aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, whose painting by the famous artist Gustav Klimt, hung in their family home.  She and her family even managed to celebrate her wedding to an accomplished young tenor opera singer, despite the sight of Nazi Stormtroopers marching in the streets below their windows.  Unfortunately, since Maria's family were wealthy Jewish Austrians, the Nazis began slowly tightening the noose of control they established in Vienna.  Maria and her young husband were able to escape with the help of friends, but her parents did not.  And the art-filled Vienna apartment was stripped bare of its artistic  treasures.   Helen Mirren portrays Maria Altmann.

The "Woman in Gold" as the Austrians referred to the painting became the "Mona Lisa of Austria."  And this movie details the struggle Maria and her young American lawyer engaged in over a period of many years to seek justice-----and have the painting returned to Maria's family.  It is a WONDERFUL film, and I wish every young person and Millenial could see this film.  I sense their knowledge of World history, particularly of that period leading up to World War II, isn't that extensive.  This film presents real-life world history in a riveting and fascinating movie.  A painless way to learn about an important period of history.   I'm a big believer in that old adage:  "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

On a side note----many readers and bloggers have asked for a picture of me during the wedding in my
"Fire Engine Red" dress.  All of the photos I posted last week were ones I took, so naturally I didn't take a photo of myself.  :)   So, I asked my daughters if they had a photo on their phones, and yes----Maria found one.  :)   So, I'm posting it here.