Missing Piece: The Truth About the Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa



Sequoia 1 Mon, Oct 8, 2012 11:00 AM


Sponsored by Hotel Mill Valley - North San Francisco

Presented by Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

Directed by Joe Medeiros

How did an unassuming housepainter from Italy pull off “the greatest art heist in modern times”? Was his motivation more than money? Writer-director Joe Medeiros traces the path of

Vincenzo Peruggia, charged with the 1911 theft from the Louvre of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and finds the story of a daughter mourning the father she never knew and a country recovering from old wounds. Combining historical photographs, animation and interviews with Peruggia’s descendants, Medeiros answers why and how the man called “Macaroni” by his French coworkers absconded with and kept the legendary painting for two years. This riveting, often humorous documentary portrays a man struggling to find his way in the world and make his family proud. Most touching are the scenes with Peruggia’s 84-year-old daughter, Celestina, who grew up on stories about her father and longs for the truth.

Film Note Writer: Daniela Province