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Woman in Gold

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in Rhinebeck 
Begins April 3 
(UK/2015/dir by Simon Curtis)
PG-13 / 111 mins
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Based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an upper-class Viennese woman, who escaped from the Nazis, made her way to the States, and over 50 years later decides she’d like to salvage some dignity from her past by making it her mission to reclaim art works the Nazis stole from her family, especially a portrait of her Aunt Adele, the famous Lady In Gold, painted by Gustav Klimt.
Helen Mirren, who can do no wrong as an actress, plays Maria, now an elderly woman living and running her shop in Los Angeles.  As the film moves back and forward in time, we witness Maria as a young woman living a life of cultured privilege in Vienna with her family, friends, her young husband, and her strikingly beautiful aunt Adele. The Nazi takeover of Vienna and Austria catches most Jews unprepared for the barbaric times. Maria narrowly escapes with her husband. Now many decades later, all alone, she enlists an inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her make her case to the Austrian government and reclaim her family’s art, especially the‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer’, the Woman in Gold. At first her lawyer is seduced by the money, the Klimt painting is valued at $100 million, but in part due to his own ancestry and the challenge, he marshals all his skills to champion the restitution. Together, they embark upon a battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and to the U.S. Supreme Court, as they confront difficult truths about the past.
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Rome Open City

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(Italy/1946/dir by Roberto Rossellini)
unrated / 103mins
“Documentary style” narrative filmmaking is unthinkable without Roberto Rossellini’s revelation “Rome Open City” a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the members of the underground and the others who fought against it.
Conceived amid Rome in ruins at the end of WWII, written in Federico Fellini’s kitchen, the film’s style of filmmaking blends location shooting with non-actors as well as actors – Anna Magnani and Aldo Fabrizi – in leading roles. Unforgettable.

 It’s a street opera, caught on camera during wartime, a story performed by a mixed cast of amazing professionals and earnest non-professionals. When Magnani runs down the street, chasing after her fiance who has been captured by the enemy, the guns come out and cinema history is made before your eyes.”
– Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune 

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While We’re Young

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Coming Soon
 (US/2015/Writer/Director Noah Baumbach)
R / 94 mins
Noah (Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha) Baumbach’s latest foray into modern manners and relationships explores what it means to feel authentic amidst the quest for recognition and success. 
It stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a couple in their mid-forties who meet a disarming couple in their twenties, Jamie and Darby, (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and quickly fall under their spell. Josh is a serious documentary filmmaker, who’s stuck in a rut ten years into the making of his “new” film. His father-in-law (Charles Grodin), the doyen of non-fiction filmmakers, tries to be encouraging, but in this mordant social satire, he’s pushed away by Josh just as Cornelia is. Josh soon dons a pork-pie hipster hat while basking in this new found fawning adoration of Jamie, a wanna-be filmmaker. Meanwhile the childless Cornelia and Josh begin to distance themselves from their peers, many of whom have added a baby to their lives of urban privilege. Cornelia (Watts) is terrific as his supportive yet misunderstood wife who’s willing to go along for the ride. But soon Josh begins to suspect that his young follower’s admiration may mask some serious manipulation to move on up the ladder.
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