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Mona Lisa is missing : the true story of the man who stole the masterpiece : a documentary
Medeiros, Joelson, 1966- , film director.
Publication Information:
[Westlake Village, CA] : Midair Rose Productions, Inc., [2014]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
This film tells the story of Vincenzo Peruggia's swiping Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, and his possession of the masterpiece in a dingy room in a Paris ghetto for almost two and a half years.
General Note:
Bonus features: 90 minutes of extra material in 12 featurettes including the discovery of a Swiss Mona Lisa; deleted scenes, outtakes and an alternate ending; audio commentary by director Joe Medeiros and producer Justine Mestichelli Medeiros.
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Hamburg Library ND623.L5 M49 2013V Adult DVD Audio Visual
Central Library ND623.L5 M49 2013 Adult DVD Central Library

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The strange story that makes up the unusual documentary The Missing Piece begins in 1976, when Trivial Pursuit champion Joe Medeiros turned up a shocking piece of information that had theretofore escaped his attention. He learned that in 1911, an Italian housepainter named Vincenzo Peruggia grew convinced that Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa needed to be pilfered from the Louvre in Paris and returned to its "rightful owners," the Italians. Astonishingly, Peruggia then succeeded at lifting the painting from the museum, and held it in his Parisian one-room apartment for well over two years. He was never caught -- until he attempted to return the painting to Florence via an Italian art dealer -- which drew the attention of the authorities and led to Peruggia's apprehension. This documentary chronicles Medeiros' own 34-year quest to piece together the details surrounding the theft. As such, it includes an interview with the thief's 84-year-old daughter, Celestina Peruggia, whom Medeiros approaches in an effort to ascertain the reasons for Vincenzo's radical act. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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