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The Art of the Steal

How do you pull off a multibillion dollar art museum heist? According to this documentary, you put away the leather catsuits and hire a bunch of lawyers. This sober, spellbinding examination of legendary art collector Albert C. Barnes shows how the self-made millionaire built up the world's greatest collection of early modern art. Stung by naysaying critics and snobby city elders, Barnes built his own private museum and turned it into a world-renowned art school. Decades after his death, though, politicians in Philadelphia conspired to violate Barnes' will, seize the collection (worth some $25 billion) and ship it all off to the exact sort of sterile institution he hated. Despite its sometimes one-sided perspective, The Art of the Steal has a lot to say about today's corporatization of art. 101 minutes