Art and Photographic History German Matters Literature West Cornwall (and local history)

The Woman in Gold

I watched and thoroughly enjoyed but was also saddened by this brilliant film viewed as a DVD last night. I visited Vienna in October last year including the Belvedere. The first posters I saw going down into the U-bahn in Munich. Although the places and the actors too were sort of familiar as was the historical context, for instance from reading Eva Menase and George Klaar


The Jewish life in Vienna was so evocatively and poignantly rendered that it brought tears to my eyes. The music was interesting too for obvious reasons and the director’s commentary equally moving. Hence it was particularly interesting to discover in the Penwith Gallery to discover the work of Albert Reuss, who not only was in Vienna at this time but ended his life in Truro having lived in Mousehole nearby. Further info at


The film is also useful for people learning German as the Untertitel in English are so klein!!!

(This article also provides an opportunity to refer to my friend, Susan Soyinka on her family and researches at

(c) Newlyn Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) Newlyn Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

By penwithlit

Freelance writer and radio presenter

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