(2008 TV Series)
Episode: The Two Live Crew Job (2009)
Nate and Sophie meet elderly siblings whose father smuggled a Gustav Klimt out of Nazi Germany, but did not make it to safety, himself. Even after showing their provenance, a judge and a bribe adjudged a new owner. This episode introduces evil super-hacker, Chaos (Wil Wheaton). Griffin Dunne appears as Marcus Starke, forger and grifter, who specializes in whiz mobs that only stay together for a couple of days. Sophie, his old partner, knows all of Starke's tricks, including "The Mona Lisa Variant." Sophie gets bombed.
(1986 TV Series)
Episode: They Call Me Midas (1993)
Jim Leonard,Lovejoy's old mentor,asks for his help in a plot to sting greedy Dutch art dealer Hans Koopman,who once cheated Jim's wife's Judy's late father. At a weekend house party where Tinker poses as a lord and Eric as a gentleman farmer they persuade Koopman to buy a fake Klimt painting in exchange for a parcel of diamonds but on Monday morning Lovejoy discovers that Koopman is not the only person whom the Leonards have deceived.
|3.||Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden
At the beginning of the 20th Century Egon Schiele is one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end. Two women will have a lasting impact on him - his sister and first muse Gerti, and 17 year old Wally, arguably Schiele's one true love, immortalized in his famous painting 'Death and the Maiden'. Schiele's radical paintings scandalize Viennese society while daring artists like Gustav Klimt and art agents alike are sensing the exceptional. But Egon Schiele is also prepared to go beyond his own pain and to sacrifice Love and Life for his Art. Art that inspires us up to this day.
A character study and a meditation on art in a time of opulence and syphilis. Gustave Klimt (1862-1918) lies in hospital, dying. In reveries, he recalls the early 1900s: it's fin de siècle Vienna. At the World Exposition in Paris, Klimt meets Georges Méliès, who does a moving picture for him, and Klimt falls under the spell of a woman who may be Lea de Castro. We see Klimt in his studio; we meet his mother and sister, who suffer from mental illness. We watch Klimt the libertine. On his deathbed and as a younger man, he imagines things as well: encounters with ministers and waiters and with women who are willing participants in his pleasures. Is this the source of art?
Stealing Klimt recounts the struggle by 90-year-old Maria Altmann to recover five Gustav Klimt paintings stolen from her family by the Nazis in Vienna. From the end of the War up until last year, these paintings hung in the Austrian National Gallery. The film covers Maria's early life in glittering fin-de-siècle Vienna, her dramatic escape from Nazi terror and her courageous fight to recover the five Klimt's against all the odds. Maria's fight to reclaim the paintings eventually took her to the United States Supreme Court and pitted her not just against Austria but also against the US Government which asked the Supreme Court to reject her case. After Maria finally emerged victorious in 2006, one of the paintings - the "Golden Portrait" of Maria's aunt, Adele Bloch Bauer - was sold to cosmetics tycoon Ronald Lauder for $135m, becoming the world's most expensive painting ever sold. The other four paintings were recently auctioned at Christie's for record prices.
|6.||Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities
Episode: Vienna in 1908 (2014)
This was the year Gustav Klimt painted his masterpiece The Kiss, Sigmund Freud revealed the Oedipus complex, Egon Schiele produced startling pictures of humanity stripped to the bare essentials and both music and architecture took a bold step in a radical new direction. But it was also the year a struggling young artist named Adolf Hitler arrived in the city, a year that would put Vienna and Europe on the road to destruction.
|7.||Art of the Western World
(1989 TV Series)
Episode: Into the 20th Century (????)
Rapid advances in science, thought, and technology led to the secessionists, fauves, and cubists. Dada rejected everything, and architecture went international. Featured: Klimt, Matisse, Picasso, Mondrian, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye.
|8.||The Burning Child
The Burning Child is a story about Vienna. It is a film journey into the city's interior. The Vienna interior is a built architecture of home buried in the city's past. It is the city's inner secret, the deep currents hidden beneath its foundation. And it is also the interior space of the human self, discovered and mapped in the city. From around 1900, when it became the central Europe's magnet metropolis, to the present day, Vienna has inspired fateful dreams home. Its most famous denizens-Freud, Wittgenstein, Klimt, and many others-designed visionary interiors that formed the basis of the modern home. Part documentary, part imaginary journey, The Burning Child explores the dream of homemaking in the most and least homely city. Through interviews, testimony, and uncanny film footage, it presents the Vienna interior against the backdrop of Austria's repressed Nazi past, when homemaking, for Vienna's most ardent homemakers, met a catastrophic end.
An American girl, Gina Lee is an alienated and disaffected female who has become disenchanted with hometown strip malls, sleaze bars, and rides along the river-side in her BMW. Impulsively she buys a discount airline ticket in a shopping mall travel agency. Destination: Vienna, the merry/sinister imperial city on the Danube. Gina Lee quickly slips into discreet, yet decadent dalliances at Cafe Central and at the notorious Hotel Orient, where she becomes embroiled in an intrigue to uncover buried Nazi plunder. Her liaison with rakish Karl Heinz Von Riegl builds to a furtive denouement at the Klimt Villa on the alpine shores of Lake Atter, whilst her fate remains unresolved. This is a black&white film poem infused with metaphor and mood, where the past overtakes the present, and the present overtakes the past.
An American girl, Gina Lee is an alienated and disaffected female who has become disenchanted with the regimen of hometown strip malls, the sleaze bars, and with rides along the river-side in her BMW convertible. Enthralled with travel posters hanging in the window of a shopping-center travel agency depicting central European towns and landscapes, she Impulsively buys a discount airline ticket in a shopping mall travel agency. Destination: Vienna... the merry/sinister imperial city on the Danube. Urania is the muse of the heavens and of celestial movements. The film parallels her descent from the heavens to earth, to today?s world, and to the nether regions below. The persona of Urania is portrayed by the character of Gina Lee, who travels fast and who travels alone. Arriving alone at the Vienna airport, Gina Lee encounters bearded, swarthy Mediterranean types crowding around the arrival area in a surly cabal. Her taxi driver assures her that she is in indeed in Vienna, as he drives her directly to Hotel Orient in the dark baroque center of the city. Seated at one side of the piano player, Gina Lee is dining in the faded elegance of a midnight cafe. Already she is attracting attention. Diego Moritz, crafty agent from a powerful cartel of Swiss investors, approaches her table with a proposition. He is looking for a young woman clever enough to fleece the plans of a sunken treasure of gold and platinum ingots off of a notorious habitue of seedy nightspots on the fringe of Vienna's Bermuda Triangle. Gina Lee becomes embroiled in the plot to uncover Nazi treasure buried at the bottom of Lake Atter. At an Argentine dance hall, Moritz introduces her to Graf Karl-Heinz von Riegl who possesses a map that pinpoints the location of the loot. Once he has imbibed enough champagne in the presence of an attractive woman, von Riegl is known to speak freely of the buried contraband that has eluded his grasp for decades. Gina Lee moves through an all-night tryst in the flat of von Riegl. Enamored of her charms, von Riegl invites her to his boathouse on the grounds of the Klimt Villa on Lake Atter. There Gina Lee is unmasked, the plot is revealed by the ruthless von Riegl, and the errant American girl is bound, gagged, and exquisitely tortured. Her liaison with rakish Karl Heinz Von Riegl builds to a furtive denouement at the Klimt Villa on the alpine shores of Lake Atter. Whilst her fate remains unresolved, the door is left open to a sequel or a series of installments in the tradition of film pioneer Louis Feulliade, or the early Italian serials of Za-La-Mort. This is a filmic poem infused with metaphor, mood and Stimmung, where the past overtakes the present, and the present overtakes the past.
|10.||M la maudite
People keep on saying that masturbation makes you deaf, to the extent that no one dares to have an opinion on the matter anymore... Using fiction to show two young, modern people afraid of nothing, this film deals with "self-pleasure" and its numerous representations. Manu and Emma, our two heroes, exchange their impressions on the blog "M... la maudite" whose colourful layout inspires all kinds of fantasies. Emma publishes her interviews with writers, philosophers, artists and doctors who provide a historical overview of the subject. Manu, novice philosopher, answers. To back up their words, the director Jean-Paul Fargier leads us on a highly eclectic journey through art: from the elegant works of Rodin, Klimt and Schiele to Dali's fantastical ravings, from the provocative performances of the 1970s to the controversial stage productions of Jan Fabre, from the realism of certain fiction works to modern comedies devoid of all hang-ups, all the way up to the now commonplace sex toys... These intersecting views of self-pleasure show that masturbation continues to be an artistic and ideological issue.
Gustav Klimt was an unlikely artistic rebel, but in early 20th century Vienna, the work of this mild-mannered painter created a scandal in his home city. Having enjoyed a conventionally successful early career, Klimt's art changed radically in his mid-thirties. He became leader of the Vienna Secession, a group of avant-garde artists who would change the conservative Viennese art scene forever. Klimt¹s own work became increasingly erotic in nature. His deeply sensual portraits of Viennese women still make a powerful impression upon the modern viewer.
Moderna" is a 91 years old lady. She is a bright woman, full of energy, full of life and with a great story to tell. A century, the twentieth. The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (National Art Gallery) of Rome talks about itself: the evolution of figurative art in its historical context. A documentary of 30 minutes where the soul of this building takes shape into a body: the woman's body. Filmed inside the Gallery, the documentary begins with the steps of the entrance of Villa Borghese in front of the building: a seven year old girl walks down the steps, crosses Viale delle Belle Arti and walking up the steps, enters the building. Together with the child there is the voice of an old woman who talks about her life experience from 1911, year in which the Gallery was built. During the movie the shape of "Moderna" is the body of a child, of a girl, then of a woman and finally that of the elderly woman who narrates the story. The journey of the works of art starts from Canova, then moves to Hayez, Sartorio, Balla, Boccioni, Dottori, Wildt, to Burri and ends in front of the "Three Ages" of Gustav Klimt which is not only one of the most important works in the Gallery but also the Synthesis of our story.
|13.||Artobet: A Magical Adventure of Artists from A to Z!
It was a sunny day. Not much to do, but when a skateboarding mischief maker whooshes by with a magical box of beads and a jewel crusted magnifying glass, the fun begins. Join the Artobet gang on an adventure of artists from A, Anguissola, to Z, Zorach, with stops along the way for favorites, like Monet, Van Gogh, and Klimt, plus cameo appearances by the Tooth Fairy, Cookie Bandit, and George Washington. Based on a unique early reading curriculum, Artobet is ideal for children 3-8, but with engaging stories, beautiful imagery, animations, relaxing period music, and easy-to-chant poems that help children remember each artist, it is a film the whole family can enjoy. We hope these stories will inspire children to explore the great thinker in us all.