The protagonists of "Woman in Gold," starring Helen Mirren, and "Seymour: An Introduction," a documentary by Ethan Hawke, are both in their 80s, resilient individuals whose strength of spirit works like a lighthouse beam showing the way. In each of those new films, the light shines on a younger protege. In "Woman in Gold," based on a true story, it's a hapless lawyer played by Ryan Reynolds. In "Seymour: An Introduction," it's the filmmaker - and actor - Hawke, half the age of his subject, composer and teacher Seymour Bernstein.
That's pretty much the scenario that Maria Altmann, daughter of wealthy Viennese Jews, witnessed in 1938, when Nazi Germany annexed Austria. Troops of the Third Reich rolled in, seizing property and businesses from the long-established Jewish community.