The book on which this film is based is called Lady in Gold and was published in 2012. It traces the story of the creation of one of Gustav Klimt’s famous portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer, its seizure by Nazi authorities after the Austrian Anschluss in 1938, and the litigation ten years ago that ultimately led to its restitution and sale at auction, since which it has hung in the Neue Galerie in New York. This book and now film, is so good because of the way it weaves three eras together: early 20th century Vienna, the Nazi era, and modern times.
Adele Bloch Bauer and her niece (and the plaintiff in the litigation) Maria Altmann, played by Helen Mirren, are portrayed in exquisite detail. The story captures the complexities of turn of the century Vienna – a potent mix of cosmopolitanism, late Empire vainglory, and mainstream political Anti-Semitism than is commonly remembered (particularly compared to Germany). In no small irony, the Academy of Fine Arts that rejected Hitler as an artist is diagonally across a small park from where Altmann lived.
There are just four days left now before Woman in Gold is screened as part of the launch of Aylsham Picture House …
The catering team are picking up the nibbles and drinks for Friday night’s screening. Why not arrange to meet up with friends for a quick drink before from 6.30pm onwards. Enjoy a pre-screening musical interlude with our Klezma band,
There will also be a special performance on opening night from klezmer duo ‘Klezling”. Originally played at weddings, this music is lively, joyful and full of emotion, while at the same time mournful and exotic sounding to the Western ear. This is a fitting musical interlude for Woman in Gold – and a celebration of the contribution to our cultural heritage from the Jewish community.
The programme starts around 7pm and the main feature screens at 7.15pm – see you there!
We have sold the last remaining tickets for our opening night screening: Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren.
If you would like to be added to our waiting list for returns please follow this link. Also, join our mailing list to get priority notice of our film seasons and avoid disappointment in the future.
We launched our Pop-Up Box Office on Saturday 15 August at the Farmers’ Market set in the market place at the centre of Aylsham. This was a great boost to our sales and we now only have a handful of tickets left for our first screening on the 28th August – Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren.
Thanks to Debby Besford for taking this great picture on the day and a big thank you to volunteers, Manny Gomes, Lorna Townsend, Paul Vater, Tim Bliss, Isabel Vasseur and James Layte for helping out on the day.
We are thrilled that Woman in Gold, our first screening on Friday 28th August is near to a sell out! It does mean however, that if you don’t want to be disappointed you should get your ticket now…
Look out for an article about Aylsham Picture House in the next edition of Just Aylsham, due to hit your doormat around the 25th of this month. There will be plenty of information about the full season. If you want to get more details now take a look at our website now.