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Portrait of Wally (2012)

Portrait of Wally (2012)

Portrait of Wally



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Portrait of Wally, Egon Schiele's tender picture of his mistress, Walburga ("Wally") Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for 13 years the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle between the Austrian museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939. Portrait of Wally traces the history of this iconic image - from Schiele's gesture of affection toward his young lover, to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life, to the post-war confusion and subterfuge that evoke The Third Man, to the surprise resurfacing of "Wally" on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Andrew Shea, David d'Arcy
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On DVD: Jan 13, 2014
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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13)

An account of greed, betrayal, culpability and self-serving moral relativism.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
Globe and Mail
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Although the film at times moves through the evidence at an impossibly fast clip, the response of MoMa will doubtlessly resonate.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Washington Post
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It's a fascinating story, even as Shea's film sometimes tells it in a slightly convoluted way.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Seattle Times
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By showing how difficult and problematic righting a wrong can turn out to be, "Portrait of Wally" does itself proud.

Full Review… | July 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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The material's not so rich and complex that the documentary doesn't feel padded at 90 minutes.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
Boston Globe
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A painting's provenance matters, and so does this portrait of Portrait of Wally.

Full Review… | June 20, 2012
Chicago Tribune
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