vt The Theft of the Mona Lisa
Germany / 87 minutes / bw / Tobis-Klangfilm, Super-Film Dir: Géza von Bolváry Pr: Julius Haimann Scr: Walter Reisch Cine: Willi Goldberger Cast: Willi Forst, Trude von Molo, Gustav Gründgens, Max Gülstorff, Anton Pointner, Rosa Valetti, Fritz Odemar, Roda-Roda, Fritz Grünbaum, Paul Kemp, Fritz Alberti, Paul Wagner, Fritz Greiner, Paul Vincenti, Ernst Reicher, Hugo Döblin, Angelo Ferrari, Hubert von Meyerinck, Bruno Ziener, Teddy Bill, Elfried Jerra, Hermine Sterler, Molino von Kluck, Lilian Ellis, Alexander Granach, Max Linder, Ferdinand von Alten.
A quirky crime movie, (very) loosely based on real events, for which Antoine Laurain or Martin Suter should definitely be commissioned to write a much belated novelization.
Humble glazier Vincenzo Peruggia (Forst), an Italian expat working in Paris, is given the job by the Louvre of adding glass to the frame of the Mona Lisa, whose colors are beginning to fade because of its direct exposure to the light.
As he performs the task he falls in love with the painting and its famous smile, and on his way home he buys a print of it to hang on his wall. Imagine his delight when he throws open the window of his shabby apartment to see a living version of La Gioconda framed in the wall opposite. In fact it’s a chambermaid, Mathilde (von Molo), who works in the neighboring hotel; the “frame” is that of the window out of which she’s shaking a cloth.
Vincenzo is instantly smitten. Clued in by his landlady (Valetti, in a wonderful supporting role) to the fact that Mathilde habitually goes to a small local cinema on her night off, he strikes up an acquaintance with the girl, takes her out for an evening of dancing and imbibing, then lures her to his apartment.
The suspicions of a less love-blinded lad than Vincenzo might have been raised not just by the ease with which he maneuvered her back to his place but by Continue reading