Woman in Gold full movie review - "...authentic..."
English producer and director Simon Curtis' second feature film which was written by Greek screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell, is inspired by real events.
It premiered in Germany, was shot on locations in England, the Republic of Austria and USA and is a UK production which was produced by producers David M. Thompson and Kris Thykier. It tells the story about an Austrian-American survivor of Jewish ancestry named Maria Victoria Bloch-Bauer Altmann (1916-2011).
Distinctly and precisely directed by English filmmaker Simon Curtis, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the main characters' viewpoints, draws a transitional portrayal of a human being's last wishes. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions and distinct cinematography by Australian cinematographer Ross Emery, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story about looting, pillaging, cultural legacy and a woman's identity where a character utters the words: "? where the past is asking something of the present." which was made nine centuries after the House of Habsburg (1282-1780), eight centuries after University of Vienna (1365), five centuries after the English Renaissance Theatre (1562-1642), a French Madame Royale named Elisabeth of France (1602-1644) was born at the Palace of Fontainebleau in Seine-et-Marne, Paris in France, more than three centuries after the Burgtheater (1741), a Spanish municipality called the Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels (1781), an Austrian harpsichordist and fortepianist named Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart (1751-1829) received a letter (1791) from a German musician named Constanze Cäcilia Josepha Johanna Aloysia Weber (1762-1842), almost two centuries after University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (1817), the Viennese Democratic Women's Association (1848), an American author who authored an essay called "Woman in the Nineteenth Century" (1845) journeyed with her man to a city called Florence (1849), a double monarchy called the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867-1918), the Imperial Elementary School Law (1869) in Austria, an Austrian advocate for women's rights named Marianne Perger Hainisch (1839-1936) founded the Austrian Association of Female Teachers and Educators (1869), Austrian Parliament Building (1883), Maria-Theresien-Platz (1889), the General Austrian Women's Association (1893), an Austrian physician named Gabriele Possanner (1869-1940) began practicing medicine (1897), Österreichische Galerie Belevedere (1903), a journal called International Women's Suffrage News or Jus Suffragi (1906-1924) in Geneva, Switzerland, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) by an Austrian painter from Baumgarten, Vienna in the Austrian Empire (1804-1867) named Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), A Finnish painting of a law book, an eagle and the Maiden of Finland called "The Attack" (1899), a Danish practitioner of law named Madame Henny Sophie Magnussen (1878-1937) became a lawyer in Denmark (1909), the Jewish League for Women's Suffrage (1912) in London, England, more than a century after an Austrian-Jewish chairwoman of the Austrian Women's Suffrage Committee (1906) named Ernestine Kisch Furth (1877-1946) signed a letter (1914) and ninety-nine years after a German essayist named Edith Stein (1891-1942) became a Doctor of Philosophy (1916).
Made ninety-seven years after Lower Austria became a state (1918), the end of the Kingdom of Hungary (1000-1918), the First Georgian Republic (1918) and Freedom Square (1918) in Tbilisi, Georgia, ninety-six years after Austrian women were represented in the Austrian parliament (1919), an Austrian Licentiatus theologiae named Marianne Weisl Beth (1890-1984) became a Doctor of Law (1921), eighty-four years after "Mädchen in Uniform" (1931) by an Austrian-Hungarian theater director named Leontine Sagan (1889-1974), seventy-nine years after a German-Jewish painter and civilian named Charlotte Salomon ¨ (1917-1943) was admitted (1936) to the United State School for Fine and Applied Arts (1924-1939), seventy years after a radio station called Rot-Weiss-Rot (1945-1955) and the death marches from Stutthof concentration camp (1939-1945) in the Republic of Poland (1944-1952) a few years before Poland became a real satellite state (1947) where many women reached the Baltic Sea, some were relocated to Malmö, Sweden and the rescue of Stutthof victims in Denmark (1945), sixty-eight years after the Jewish Documentation Center (1947), sixty-six years after a street in Austria was named Käthe-Leichter-Gasse (1949), sixty years after the Austrian State Treaty (1955), forty-nine years after an Austrian MP named Grete Rehor (1910-1987) became the first minister of the Austrian government (1966), forty-seven years after the Theatres Act (1968) in the UK, forty-three years after an English civilian and member of a professional body of women called the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (1918-1920) in France named Ruby Adelina Ord said: "We were not allowed to wear gloves because we might look like officers ?" (1973), forty-one years after Mauthausen Museum (1975) in Upper Austria, thirty-six years after the Principle of Equality was initiated in Austria (1979), twenty- two years after the Prohibition Act (1947) was amended (1992) and Holocaust denial prohibited, seventeen years after the enactment of the Austrian Art Restitution Law (1998), the Austrian Constitutional Act (1998), the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 in New South Wales, Australia and the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) was granted Royal Assent in the UK, sixteen years after the release of a song called "Lake Constance" (1999), eleven-years after a German harpist named Charlotte Balzereit became a member of the Vienna Philharmonic (2004) and the Gabriele-Possanner-Park (2004), six years after a voice sang: "There are nine million bicycles in Beijing ?" (2007) and seven years after the Chrystal Macmillan Building (2008) in Scotland, contains a great and timely score by composers Martin Phipps and Hans Zimmer.
This historic and biographically measured retelling which is set in America and Austria in the early 20th and 21st century and where a U.S. attorney-at-law named represents a mother in a lingering civil case, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, subtle character development, rhythmic continuity, comment by Maria: "? there should be more women judges." and the advanced acting performance by English actress Dame Helen Mirren. An authentic narrative feature.