Art of the Heist

Art of the Heist

DVD - 2015
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Investigates the high-profile thefts of some of the world's greatest pieces of art. From Gustav Klimt's portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer to Edvard Munch's The Scream and even the Mona Lisa, these and other iconic masterpieces have been coveted by the criminal world. The fourteen-part series delves into the background behind the audacious burglaries and the authorities's efforts to apprehend the crooks and restore the masterpieces to public viewing.
Publisher: [Silver Spring, Maryland] : Athena, [2015]
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 780 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Not rated
Language Note: In English; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
ISBN: 9781621724353
UPC: 054961243594
Call Number: DVD 364.16287 ART


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Mar 02, 2019

I genuinely enjoyed these documentaries. Each one is a fascinating story and, as a whole, they provide genuine insight into the values, psychology and operations of the art world. I especially appreciated the focus on the concepts of cultural treasuries vs private collections. It was interesting to see how naive some art owners and galleries were and how this resulted in the theft of the artworks, all of them invaluable and irreplaceable. The production is somewhat low budget but totally worth watching.

iluvchips Jan 27, 2017

I really very much enjoyed these documentaries. Each episode is very different but interesting in its own way. I was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. I highly recommend it.

Jan 24, 2017

I found this to be a great documentary, well researched and quite entertaining.

Oct 16, 2016

A very interesting documentary series on art theft. I enjoyed this series although it became a bit tiresome at times. A total of 16 stories on art theft needs a break from time to time.

May 22, 2016

Some of the segments here work better than others- the Klimt paintings, for instance, or the Mona Lisa tale. Others become a bit grating, such as the sting operation involving a civilian who got way too into the part and who makes you feel, when he speaks, like strangling him. Add on the excessive use of re-enactors, the repetitive nature of much of what's being said, and too few translators with the exact same tones in their words, and the series has some issues. This sort of material might have worked better in other hands.

Mar 28, 2016

I have only seen the Klimt segment, unfortunately. Judging from that, if you're not expecting anything extremely deep, this series is a cut well above the average true crime program. It is amusing, in a grim way, to have the Nazis called out as thieves by a series entitled The Art of the Heist. But that is what they were; glorified, pretentious thieves and murderers.

Mar 24, 2016

We enjoyed this series and seeing the great paintings.
The interview with the relative who won back the Klimt painting was terrific.
It was a mix of re-enactment and detective and art dealers.
If you didn't see the PBS series, check it out.

Mar 14, 2016

Watched the first two episodes before giving up. Shoddy production with information repeated and the reenactments of crimes are laughable.
Also as well as interviewing cops, detectives witness's etc, convicted criminals are interviewed for their self serving 'theories'.
Don't bother.


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