Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Community Arts Film Series in partnership with Northwind Arts Center
Dir. Andrew Shea / USA / 2012 / 90 min.
PORTRAIT OF WALLY traces the history of this iconic image – from Egon Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover – to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life, to the post-war confusion and subterfuge that evoke THE THIRD MAN, to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan in 1997. The thirteen-year war over “Wally” was more than a dispute over property stolen from Jews during the Holocaust. It was battle over history and memory. This time, the truth won. “A cinematic masterwork about a painted masterpiece.” –Huffington Post