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The Art of the Steal (2009)

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Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

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Don Argott
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Cast

Credited cast:
Julian Bond Julian Bond ... Himself - Chairman of the Board, NAACP
David D'Arcy David D'Arcy ... Himself - Correspondent, The Art Newspaper
Richard Feigen Richard Feigen ... Himself - World-Renowned Art Dealer (as Richard L. Feigen)
Richard H. Glanton Richard H. Glanton ... Himself - Former President, Barnes Foundation
Christopher Knight Christopher Knight ... Himself, Los Angeles Times
Ross L. Mitchell Ross L. Mitchell ... Himself - Former Director of Education, Barnes Foundation
Irv Nahan Irv Nahan ... Himself - Former Teacher, Barnes Foundation
Harry Sefarbi Harry Sefarbi ... Himself - Artist & Former Teacher, Barnes Foundation
John F. Street John F. Street ... Himself - Mayor of Philadelphia (as John Street)
Nick Tinari Nick Tinari ... Himself - Attorney & Former Barnes Foundation Student
Robert Zaller Robert Zaller ... Himself - Professor of History & Politics, Drexel University (as Dr. Robert Zaller)
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Documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

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art | barnes foundation | See All (2) »

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The true story of a multi-billion dollar art heist and how they got away with it.

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Documentary

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Unrated

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Official Sites:

MAJ Productions | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Искусство воровства See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$39,019, 28 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$541,027, 23 May 2010
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The Dry Lake
Written by Dylan Carlson
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The Art of the Steal
27 March 2010 | by penny-parkinSee all my reviews

It's about time this story was told for the entire world to hear the facts.

I am unnerved by two problems with previous reviewers here:

1) The Barnes Foundation is NOT a "museum"! It is an educational art foundation! Please do not keep referring to it as a "museum"!

2) Every, I repeat, every film has a point of view, and every documentary has its own "slant" or perspective. Why do reviewers think that a documentary must show all points of view. Did Fahrenheit 9-11? What about Food, Inc. or Supersize Me? Or The Smartest Men in the Room? Or Millhouse? (Do you want me to go on?) Please give one example of a documentary that gives all points of view!

One very salient point in this film is that Dr. Barnes' (and he did have a medical degree, so it is not dishonest to give him that label) will was thrown out by the court. A legal precedent which will have very serious ramifications.....


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