Mona Lisa Is Missing

Mona Lisa Is Missing

Piecing Together the True Story of the Man Who Stole the Masterpiece

DVD - 2014
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The untold story of Vincenzo Peruggia, the Italian immigrant who committed the greatest little-known art theft in history. For more than 30 years, writer/director Joe Medeiros was obsessed with finding out Peruggia's true motive. So with the help of researchers, art experts and Celestina Peruggia's children Silvio and Graziella, Medeiros and his team embarked on an epic journey leading them to the Louvre, to Peruggia's hiding place in Paris, to Florence.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, Virgil Films & Entertainment,, 2014
Call Number: DVD 759.5 MONA
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,rda
1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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MB85CAL
Jan 31, 2018

Fascinating and highly entertaining. And also very moving and touching. Highly recommend.

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andreajesse
Jan 20, 2018

I love documentaries - learn and be entertained at the same time. No one has to explain what "The Mona Lisa" is. It is easily the most important painting in the world. But why? Leonardo da Vinci painted other paintings. Like "The Scream," it was already famous, but then became more so once it got stolen. Filmmaker Joe Medeiros has weaved together an interesting (and true) tale. Who stole it is clear. Italian national, Vincenzo Peruggia had opportunity as he was a workman at the Louvre making protective glass cases for some its most famous works, including the Mona Lisa. Did he fall in love with "her?" Did he do it for the ransom? Did he do as an Italian patriot interested in repatriating the painting to its Italian origins? Or, was he just crazy? All avenues are explored. Medeiros and his crew meet with Celestina Peruggia, Vincenzo's now elderly daughter and her two children. Celestina only knew her father as a very young girl. She only knows of his legend and is interested to know more. Medeiros's film is a quest to uncover the answers. A delightful story is uncovered with WWI on the horizon in Europe. Animation is cleverly used to recreate the heist, etc.

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DesLi
Apr 08, 2016

A great documentary! This is a documentary about not only on how the Italian Vincenzo Peruggia stole the painting Mona Liza from Louvre, but also on the motive behind such stealing. Patriotism or money? (Note: Mona Liza was drawn by the Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci while it is a collection in France.) When you finish watching this movie, don't turn it off - yet. "Wait" until the last shot of the movie (after the long gratitude words to those contributed to this documentary). The last still photo (with a message) shown at the end of the DVD made me break into tears -- the thief's daughter ... To me, she is the main character of the documentary. To me, I see a 4-years old little girl in a 87-years old lady body crying for "Papa"!

A unique documentary for anyone who loves a good art heist. I could not believe that the police of the time had his fingerprints, knew he had an opportunity to steal the painting, but they assumed that a lowly workman would not be able to accomplish such a theft. Some of the animations were distracting to me, but otherwise, the story of tracking down the historical records and talking with his daughter was fascinating.

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imagenel
Mar 22, 2015

A very entertaining investigation. Why Mona Lisa (she wasn't that famous in '11)? Why is the thief an Italian migrant worker (and not young Picasso)? Did he act alone? Why did he steal her? What was the true motive? Would Mona Lisa be this famous today without the theft? Watch this documentary and find out...

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