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
FYI - The name of this documentary was changed to MONA LISA IS MISSING ! (A more apt title.) In about 2011, I found out about the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. I was incredulous. Did this really happen? Well, it did and this documentary fills in all the blanks.
This is a definite MUST SEE ! It is illuminating, heartwarming and, at times, laugh out loud hilarious.
A true labor of love and it shows in each and every frame ! ! !
I did see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in July of 1970 (and have the pictures to prove same). Back then you could still get front and center. There were no barriers (save for the glass), unlike now. I'm glad I could see her so very close to me.
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