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  • Published: New York : IFC in Theaters : MPI Media Group, c2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Edition: Widescreen.
  • Description: 1 videodisc (Not rated)(101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Rated: PG

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  • 0788613138
  • 9780788613135
  • 030306983394

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The Art of the steal

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Call number: DVD 708.14 Ar

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor

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Originally released as a motion picture in 2009.

Bonus feature: trailer.

It's been called the greatest theft of art since the Second World War. Reveals how a private collection of paintings became the envy of the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other major institutions, and the prize in a battle between one man's vision and the forces of commerce and politics. Founded in 1922 by wealthy American drug developer and art collector Albert C. Barnes, the Barnes Foundation became the finest collection of paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and Van Gogh.

Anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1)

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A Look into the World of Red Tape

I never thought I would watch such a gripping film about nefarious museum politics, but here we are. I laughed, I cried. This is a film that really sticks with you.


This movie is a great documentary and this movie was relatively informational on subjects such as the Barnes Foundation and how the politics of all the museums surrounded the most famous paintings.

Enjoyed very much!

I enjoyed this video of the story of the art collection of Albert C. Barnes very much. I notice someone else has it on hold, plus another person left a review, so I'm glad to see others interested in this story. It was fascinating to study the players and the politics and people feeling very passionate about their ideas and goals. I will like to visit the new museum, but feel a bit guilty since it wasn't what Dr. Barnes hoped for, but selfishly I'm very excited to see his art collection.

Worthwhile viewing

This was an enlightening documentary, as it shows how many people had a hand in the outcome of the collection of art of the Barnes Foundation. Most of whom were not interested in the private collector's wishes after his death. The political wars that surrounded this collection.

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