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Format: DVD
Sku: 215636090
UPC: 030306983394
UPC 14: 00030306983394
Category Keywords: Disaster  Documentary
Rating: NR
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Editor's Note
Born into a working-class family in Philadelphia, Albert C. Barnes was a man who through hard work and determination became a doctor and medical researcher, founding a successful pharmaceutical firm that made him a multimillionaire. As his fortune grew, Barnes developed a taste for art and in time assembled one of the world's most remarkable private collections, featuring original paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Cézanne, and many other important artists. Barnes relied on his own instincts rather than the advice of experts when he bought paintings, and he had little use for the pretentious attitudes of Philadelphia's art collectors and high society; the animosity between Barnes and the city's art establishment grew to the point that in 1922 he opened the Barnes Foundation, a private gallery where he kept his collection rather than share it with institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Barnes Foundation was open by invitation only, and the doctor preferred to have his collection seen by students and serious art lovers rather than those he felt didn't appreciate the work. Barnes died in 1951, and made strict provisions in his will that his collection was not to be sold, lent to other museums, or removed from the grounds of the Barnes Foundation. Lincoln University, a traditionally African-American college, was appointed to oversee the foundation's collection. But after the death of Barnes' protégée Violette de Mazia in 1988, Lincoln University's trustees took full control of the collection, now estimated to be worth 25 billion dollars, and a number of individuals and organizations inexperienced in the world of art laid hands upon the Barnes archive. THE ART OF THE STEAL is a documentary by Don Argott that explores how greed, political power, and good intentions colluded to violate Albert C. Barnes' wishes and scatter his collection across the globe. THE ART OF THE STEAL was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MPI
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/27/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00030306983394
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Don Argott - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Demian Fenton - Additional DOP
Video Cast Info Gary E. Irwin - Sound
Video Cast Info West Thordson - Composer
Video Cast Info West Thordson - Music Director
Video Cast Info Ben Hickernell - Additional DOP
Video Cast Info Julian Bond - Host
Video Cast Info Christopher Knight - Host
Video Cast Info John Street - Host
Video Cast Info Richard H. Glanton - Host
Video Cast Info Ross L. Mitchell - Host
Video Cast Info Nick Tinari - Host
Video Cast Info Dr. Robert Zaller - Host
Video Cast Info David d'Arcy - Host
Video Cast Info Barry Munitz - Host
Video Cast Info John Anderson - Host
Video Cast Info Bailey, Colin B. - Host
Video Cast Info William Glackens - Host
Video Cast Info Irv Nahan - Host
Video Cast Info Jay Raymond - Host
Video Cast Info Richard L. Feigen - Host
Video Cast Info Harry Sefarbi - Host
Video Cast Info Lucinda Fleeson - Host
Video Cast Info Marcelle Pick - Host
Video Cast Info David W. Rawson - Host
Video Cast Info Bruce H. Mann - Host
Video Cast Info Tom L. Freudenheim - Host
Video Cast Info Robert Marmon - Host
Video Cast Info Toby Marmon - Host
Video Cast Info Walter Herman - Host
Video Cast Info Nancy Herman - Host
Video Cast Info D. Michael Fisher - Host
Video Cast Info Edward G. Rendell - Host
Video Cast Info Bernard C. Watson - Host
Video Cast Info Carolyn T. Carluccio - Host
Video Cast Info Mark D. Schwartz - Host
Video Cast Info Jim Gerlach - Host
Video Cast Info Suzana Peric - Music Editor
Video Cast Info Susan Jacobs - Music Director
Video Cast Info Don Argott - Director

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"[Y]ou're likely to be flabbergasted as THE ART OF THE STEAL details the twists and turns of chicanery and fate that brought his art to the pass it's at today." 03/12/2010

Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[Barnes] designed every detail of his collection with personal care, grouping paintings to reflect and comment on one another....He loved his collection..." 03/12/2010

Entertainment Weekly
"A suspenseful art-world documentary in which the forces of art and money collide ferociously." -- Grade: B 03/12/2010

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