Film Synopsis: This is the story of the man who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, his 84-year-old daughter who thought he did it for patriotic reasons, and the filmmaker who spent more than 30 years trying to find the truth for himself, and now for her.
Director: Joe Medeiros (http://www.linkedin.com/in/joemedeiros)
(The filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A.)
Duration: 86 min.
Website: click here (http://www.monalisamissing.com/)
In English, Italian and French with English subtitles.
• 7:00 pm: Sign in, enjoy complimentary snacks. Casa Italiana will be selling wine, soda and water, as usual.
• 7:15 pm: Program begins with introductions and film
• 8:30 pm: The film will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers in attendance.
For 17 years, Joe Medeiros was head writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. But for twice that long he’s been preoccupied with the Mona Lisa heist. For the last several years he and his wife Justine have been working together on a documentary which they’re calling The Missing Piece. We know that the thief was an Italian laborer, Vincenzo Peruggia, who had worked at the Louvre. What we don’t know is if he had accomplices or if he stole the painting at the direction of anyone else, though at his trial, where he was convicted, he insisted that he did it alone. But the Medeiroses tracked down Peruggia’s descendants in Italy, found the Paris apartment where he stashed the painting for years and turned up some new correspondence which they believe fills in the blanks.
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