Woman in Gold


California resident Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) hires young attorney Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her retrieve Gustav Klimt’s painting ”Woman in Gold” from Austria; a portrait of her aunt, the Nazis stole the painting from her family. A reality-based story about a significant battle over artwork that reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. This film tells two parallel stories – Altmann’s modern-day struggle and what happened to her and her family in Vienna after Anschluss. The movie itself isn’t a substantive work of art, but Mirren makes it easy to engage with Altmann.

2015-Britain-U.S. 109 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Simon Curtis. Cast: Helen Mirren (Maria Altmann), Ryan Reynolds (Randy Schoenberg), Daniel Brühl (Hubertus Czernin), Tatiana Maslany, Katie Holmes, Max Irons… Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Pryce, Frances Fisher.

Trivia: Andrew Garfield was reportedly first cast as Schoenberg, but dropped out. The story was also told in the documentary Stealing Klimt (2007).



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