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The Art of the Steal (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary | 29 September 2009 (USA)
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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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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 ... 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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The true story of a multi-billion dollar art heist and how they got away with it.

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Unrated

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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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Ladder 25
Written and performed by Ronen Landa
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ART of the STEAL is a superb and astute documentary
28 March 2010 | by aliabarcaSee all my reviews

This is the most exciting and thorough documentary/reporting I have seen in years. This docu film plays out like the best of suspense novels. Anyone posting on this site (or anywhere else) about how this film is one-sided and doesn't tell the true story, is simply on the other side and trying to cover up. Dr. Barnes owned this collection and it was his wish that it never be moved. The film clearly demonstrates how a bunch of irresponsible, greedy, power brokers and some pretty ignorant and cheesy politicos twisted things around to get their way and move the art to central Philadelphia. If you've been around the block a few times, you will recognize in a New York minute who is lying and who is telling the truth. The amount of self-serving lies and twisted truths will enrage you as you watch. And like a lot of life these days, it all boils down to POLITICS and MONEY. The politicians who steered the downfall are shown to be ridiculous and completely transparent. And stupid, for they can't even tell a good lie. The friends, art critics and dealers who speak on behalf of the keeping the Barnes in Merion are engaging, articulate and often brilliant. Attorney Nick Tinari, a prior student of Dr. Barnes, who doesn't suffer fools gladly is a joy to watch; dynamic, outspoken and sharp as can be. As well, art dealer Richard Feigen's input and particularly his commentary as he strolls through a Post-Modern auction preview at Sothebys is PRICELESS and right on target. Dr. Barnes, a brilliant man who rightfully chose to do it his way, must be rolling over in his grave. The BARNES belongs in Merion!!!! and they've stolen it away.


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