MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 17, 2023: THE THIEF COLLECTOR

Tiger King meets The Thomas Crown Affair in Allison Otto’s captivating documentary The Thief Collector. As it tells the story of colorful couple Jerry and Rita Alter and their likely role in the 32-year disappearance of Willem de Kooning’s Woman – Ochre — one of the modern art world’s most valuable paintings — from an Arizona museum, it will remind you quite forcefully that truth really often is stranger than fiction.

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THE THIEF COLLECTOR – Review by Liz Whittemore

Allison Otto brings audiences one of the most audacious modern-day stories of crime and passion. A 32-year-old art heist gets the Hollywood treatment in The Thief Collector. An unassuming couple’s belongings reveal a shocking discovery. Jerry and Rita Alter hid a secret life right in plain sight. A story of theories and intrigue that gets more chilling by the minute.

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