How did an unassuming house painter from Italy pull off "the greatest little known art heist in modern time?" Was his motivation more than money? Writer-director Joe Medeiros traces the path of Vincenzo Peruggia, charged with the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa from The Louvre, and finds the story of a daughter mourning the father she never knew and a country recovering from old wounds. Combining historical photographs, animation and interviews with Peruggia's descendants, Medeiros answers why and how the man called "Macaroni" by his French co-workers absconded with and kept the legendary painting for two years. This riveting, often humorous documentary portrays a man struggling to find his way in the world and make his family proud. Most touching are the scenes of Peruggia's 84-year-old daughter, Celestina, who grew up on stories about her father and longed for the truth.Written by
Mill Valley Film Festival
What an enjoyable film! I came across this while looking for something interesting to watch last night. The mix of interviews, travel, graphic layout and story telling made this a film I would recommend to all of my art students and beyond. I think the interviews with family members, the peek into museums and archives (to see actual letters and documents) and interfacing today's France and Italy with 'yesterday's' France and Italy were the high points of the film. One needs to know historically what was happening when Mona Lisa was taken. This film reveals the climate of the era and the step-by-step background of why the Mona Lisa was stolen to the understanding of why she was returned. The music, and photo montage style of the video made this video super enjoyable. The tenacity of the creator (30 years in the making) is amazing. I am going to try to write him to thank him for his effort and success.
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