Indie Trailer Sunday: The Art of the Steal Heist Documentary

March 7, 2010
Source: Apple

The Art of the Steal Trailer

I love a good heist movie. And I'm sure most of you do, too. But this here is no ordinary heist movie. The Art of the Steal is a documentary about "the biggest heist of our time" that tells the true story of a multi-billion dollar art heist and "how they got away with it." The doc follows the political struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' $25 billion collection of modern and post-impressionist art. I'm now too familiar with the story, which is why I'm even more interested in checking this out. I hope, just like The Cove, that they get into some controversial territory. This trailer sets it up beautifully as well, so I'll let it speak for itself.

Watch the official trailer for Don Argott's The Art of the Steal:

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You can also watch The Art of the Steal trailer in High Definition on Apple

The Art of the Steal is directed by documentary filmmaker Don Argott, of the docs Two Days in April and Rock School previously. Argott is originally from New Jersey, but now lives in Philadelphia, which is where most of this documentary takes place. It first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and also showed at the New York, AFI, and Palm Springs Film Festivals. IFC Films is distributing this in the US, and I believe it's already available via their VOD service. The Art of the Steal also already hit limited theaters on February 26th so check the local art house theater to see if it's playing near you anytime soon.

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


Look pretty interesting, a lot more interesting documentaries have been popping up lately.

John I.G> on Mar 7, 2010


Of course the other side of the story is the Barnes spent years trying to expand their visitation only to repeatedly get slapped down by restrictions from the ritzy neighbors who surrounded the museum. They could only open certain hours, for a very limited number of people, and the nimbys wailed over each tour bus which desecrated their high-dollar environs. To go their - which I've done several times - you have to make a reservation, which can be hard to come by. It's a great show tho, with a stupendous collection.

grb on Mar 7, 2010


that was a damn good trailer, I'll check this out for sure.

Xerxex on Mar 7, 2010


Wow! This looks really interesting! I can't wait to see this!

Best Romance Movies on Mar 7, 2010


Wow - I'm in! I hate how America's media eye is always drawn to the dumbest concepts and not the ones who hold intellectual entertainment. You feel smarter, enlightened, BETTER, walking out of a show like this movie than you would walking out of some dumb movie where the concept shouldn't last more than the length of an SNL skit - I feel like all the shitty movies get all the advertising so much more than the ones we're SUPPOSED to be watching. I'm sure the greater population knows(or has watched) 'EPIC Movie' than they have 'Motorcycle Diaries'. Watching this trailer just feels like there should be more responsibility behind the advertising of a film. I donno, I know it goes to whoever pays more for it, but it just feels that there should be a better balance for exposure for low and high quality films.

Nick Sears on Mar 7, 2010


#5 shitty media endorsed films make you money.

Xerxex on Mar 7, 2010


I've been to the Barnes... it's AWESOME!!! So sad it's moving from the villa, although I won't have to get a reservation to visit any more... so that's a plus.

Kevin on Mar 7, 2010



Crapola on Mar 8, 2010


I live in the "ritzy" neighborhood that surrounds the Barnes. Definately two sides to this story, its literally a battle between two groups of rich people. The Barnes is so limited by the rich people who want to keep it the same that the foundation can't make money to survive. The other rich people are all the politicians who want to make Philadelphia the art mecca of the United States. I am cutting out alot of details but the people who are the "good guys" of this documentary are the same people who complain about the traffic out front of their houses to the musuem (The museum is in a residential area). Its such an odd war, if you take an objective view to the entire scenario its a pretty weird situation. The film hasnt been recieved well in Philly either but I think that is because its been talked about so much that we just don't care. I thought it was OK. Allllll that being said, if you like art and are in Philly. Try to secure passes to the Barnes before its moved in the next couple years. The place is awesome.

Tom on Mar 8, 2010


ABSOLUTELY MUST watch this film. Gotta see it. And The Motorcycle diaries you say? Sure Ill check that 1 out too I suppose..... 'but itd better be good dammit.!'

Caveman3k on Mar 10, 2010


"They don't care about art, they only care about money".... sad. This documentary looks pretty interesting, 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art!!!! That's amazing

Voice123 - Trailer Voice Over on Mar 10, 2010


I've been to the Barnes exhibit and it is truly an amazing place. I am looking forward to checking this out.

blaise on Mar 18, 2010

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