Portrait of Wally
Portrait of Wally (2012)

Portrait of Wally, Egon Schiele's tender picture of his mistress, Walburga ("Wally") Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for 13 years the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 11, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2014
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

An account of greed, betrayal, culpability and self-serving moral relativism.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

By showing how difficult and problematic righting a wrong can turn out to be, "Portrait of Wally" does itself proud.

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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Austin American-Statesman

The story is compelling, and the fallout of the 13-year legal battle over Portrait of Wally not only established important legal precedence regarding art looted from Holocaust victims, but also caused some soul-searching in the museum world.

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Lavanya Ramanathan
Washington Post

Although the film at times moves through the evidence at an impossibly fast clip, the response of MoMa will doubtlessly resonate.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

The material's not so rich and complex that the documentary doesn't feel padded at 90 minutes.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

The journey of the painting, and the Bondi family's efforts to reclaim it, are the meaty subject of Andrew Shea's engrossing documentary.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's a fascinating story, even as Shea's film sometimes tells it in a slightly convoluted way.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

A painting's provenance matters, and so does this portrait of Portrait of Wally.

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Jason Anderson
The Grid

The film's troubling take on the moral flexibilities of the art world may also have viewers wondering about the provenance of what they see on museum walls.

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