Arts Documentary published by Others in 2007 - English narration
Art of the Heist 2
Back for a second series 'Art of The Heist' Investigates the most high profile art thefts of the 20th and 21st centuries fitting together the pieces of the crime jigsaw and studies the masterpieces coveted by the criminal world. "Art thefts in movies such as The Thomas Crown Affair might look like Hollywood exaggerations but as this illuminating new series shows, the real-life crimes can be just as elaborate.
1. THE LADY IN GOLD
Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bioch-Bauer was one of the most famous paintings of the twentieth century. But in March 1938 it was seized by the Nazis. This episode traces the history of this extraordinary and iconic painting from its commission, through the legal battles, to its final sale to the billionaire cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder for a staggering $135 million.
2. THE PHARAOH'S HEAD
In 1994 the head of Scotland Yard's Art squad was called to the British Museum to investigate a case of suspected stolen Egyptian artefacts. His trail led him to a small village in Devon, where he uncovered a treasure chest of looted art made up of over three thousand pieces.
3. MIAMI STING.
In a quiet gallery in a small town in northern Spain two Rubens paintings are lifted by a mysterious robber. Art of the Heist tells the dramatic story of an elaborate sting operation in Miami in which one of the worlds's leading experts in Rubens puts his life on the line to recover precious paintings.
4. THE MAN WHO STOLE THE MONA LISA.
On a summers day in 1911 a man walked into the Louvre, took the Mona Lisa off the wall and walked out. He had stolen the world's most famous painting as thousands of people queued to see the empty space the painting had left. This episode follows the trail of the eccentric thief who undetected , left France trying to return the Da Vinci painting to Florence where he thought it belonged.
5. THE RUSSIAN CONSPIRACY.
More than two hundred items, including jewellery and precious enamels, were discovered missing during a routine inventory check at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Suspiciously, the head of the department from which the pieces were stolen was soon found dead at her desk. Was it murder? Was she involved in the theft and had their only lead just died?
6. ON THE TRAIL OF THE MOCHE GOLD.
In 1988 a glittering golden headdress was looted from an ancient tomb in the desert of northern Peru. The octopus headdress with eight Medusa like tentacles belonged to one of the Moche lords, a sophisticated culture that pre-dated the Incas. Art of the Heist follows the trail of the headdress from Peru to Spain to Germany and eventually to London in a story of murder and intrigue.
7. THE DISAPPEARED.
In 1980, 16 Paintings and drawings & seven ancient pieces of art were stolen from the National Art Gallery in Buenos Aires. This complex heist involved questionable charitable organisations, a Texan blonde and artworks that may have been used to fund the Falklands War. We are taken on a journey from London to Taiwan to Buenos Aires in search of a mouth watering collection including Cezanne,Degas,Renoir and Matisse.
8. THE THIEVING DON JUAN.
At four in the morning, one of the most important gold sculptures from the Renaissance is discovered stolen from the Museum of Art History in Vienna. Its insurance value is a cool $65 million. After three years the Police finally discovered who stole the sculpture, Not a Balkan warlord as initially thought but a strikingly handsome fifty year old security alarm expert from Vienna with an eye for the ladies-as well as renaissance art.
* Video Codec: XviD
* Video Bitrate: 1516Kbps
* Video Resolution: 704x400
* Video Aspect Ratio: 1:76
* Frames Per Second: = 25
* Audio Codec: AC3
* Audio Bitrate: 224Kbs.48000 Hz
* Audio Languages: English
* Runtime: 56mins
* Part Size: 700mbs
* Parts 8
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* Art of the Heist 1