Helen Mirren, Klimt portrait light up in ‘Woman in Gold’

April 1, 2015 11:05 AM

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Opening this week, the film is about Maria Altmann, a Jewish woman who escaped from Nazi-occupied Vienna to the U.S., where she spent the rest of her life (until her death in 2011) mourning the loss of her family and trying to reclaim its invaluable art collection, which included Gustav Klimt’s famed "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” also known as "Woman in Gold."

Not only does the film address persisting questions about Austrian persecution of Jews, its dramatic legal battle had major financial implications. Valued at $135 million, the Bloch-Bauer portrait was a draw for cosmetics tycoon Ronald Lauder, who supported Altmann and was anxious to buy it (and oth...

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