Stealing Rembrandt

Bullet Shih Jan, 2012 0
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Title: Stealing Rembrandt (orig. Danish title Rembrandt)
Artist: Rembrandt
Date: 2003
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Subcategory: Art Theft
Language : Danish
Director: Jannick Johansen
Time: 103 min

A family of small time career criminals accept a job from a wealthy businessman to steal a family portrait from a local museum.  The thieves mistakenly steal a Rembrandt worth millions of dollars and they soon realize that they are in over their heads.  The movie is an interesting study in father/son relationships and focuses more on the small time human relationships rather than derring-do seen in many recent Hollywood art theft films.

Interesting tidbits: The story is based on a true event that happened in Nivågård, Denmark on January, 29 1999 where two theives stole a Rembrandt and Bellini without knowing their immense value.


Art Geek Factor: 2 out of 10 Stars
Artistic Accuracy: 5 out of 10 Stars
Overall Movie: 6 out of 10 Stars

Summary: Overall this film has very little to do with art other than its somewhat incomprehensible value to certain members of society.  It is like a Guy Ritchie movie about the criminal underworld without the fantasticism and an added touch of gritty Danish realism.

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