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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DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION – Review by Leslie Combemale

Produced, directed, and edited by Daria Price, the documentary follows one of the biggest art scandals of the last 100 years. Famed New York art gallery Knoedler, its gallery director Ann Freeman, and art dealer Ramiro Gonzales were implicated in a case where, for 15 years starting in 1994, 40 counterfeit pieces of art were sold for a total in excess of 60 million dollars.

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