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Fri, June 9 at 7:30 Sat, June 10 at 4:30 and 7:30 Sun, June 11 at 4:30 and 7:30 IU Fine Arts Theater

Fri, June 16 at 7:30 Sat, June 17 at 4:30 and 7:30 Sun, June 18 at 4:30 and 7:30 IU Fine Arts Theater

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In 1985, Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre,” one of the most valuable paintings of the 20th century, was sliced from its frame and stolen from an Arizona museum. Thirty-two years later, the $160 million painting was found hanging behind a bedroom door in the home of retired school teachers Jerry and Rita Alter in rural New Mexico. The Thief Collector takes a deep look at how and why this mild-mannered couple pulled off one of the greatest art heists of a generation. Was this their only art theft? And why was this couple so protective of their septic tank?

Directed by Allison Otto. (94 min)


You could say, going back to Hitchcock or the silent-film era, that the thriller is the quintessential form of cinema. You could also say that the quintessential moment of a thriller is one that makes you go “Oh. My. God.” When that happens (kind of a rare occurrence these days), it’s a privileged and intoxicating feeling, one that lifts you right out of yourself. Recently, though, I’ve been experiencing that sensation in what may sound like a highly unlikely place: documentaries about the art world.

But what’s every bit as jaw-dropping is the rabbit hole of reality and illusion you then find yourself tumbling down. By the time The Thief Collector makes you say “Oh. My. God.,” it’s a movie that has used art to touch something essential about how strangers — or maybe I should just say the downright strange — walk among us. – Variety


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