Run to catch ALTINA, which tells the story of Altina Schinasi, an heiress, socialite, artist, restless creator. . . delightful.
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ALTINA is the award-winning feature length documentary about a tobacco heiress and free-spirited artist who defied convention her entire life, both personally and professionally. The film, directed by Peter Sanders (THE DISAPPEARED), won the Best Film and Best Director Award at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

Altina Schinasi (1907 – 1999), was a paradox. Simultaneously seductive and reserved, her sheltered upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her artwork, and she created a fashion sensation in the 1930s with her design for Harlequin eyeglasses. ALTINA is an affecting, provocative, and richly informative documentary about an American trendsetter -- a woman ahead of her time.

Free of academic constraints and confident in her keen intellect, she crafted fragments of her life into sculptures that defined her surreal and original world. Her whimsical art was also anchored in social issues: her film on George Grosz took on the Holocaust, earning her an Oscar nomination and winning her the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. She befriended Martin Luther King Jr. and supported his struggle. And during the Red Scare, she did not hesitate to hide John Berry -- who was blacklisted for having directed a documentary on the Hollywood Ten -- in her Beverly Hills home. As a sculptor, her most original creations were called “characters.” Exuding Altina’s unencumbered feminist sexuality, these large, almost life-size chairs and benches depicted lovers in passionate embrace or turning away from each other to express the absence of love.

Played at

Music Hall, 9.19.14 - 9.25.14
Rated NR
Web Site: http://www.altinat...
Runtime: 79 min
Language: English

Director: Peter Sanders
FEATURED REVIEW: Daphne Howland, Village Voice
Altina Schinasi, Jewish New York heiress of a tobacco fortune, lived almost the entire span of the 20th century. The documentary Altina — directed by her grandson Peter Sanders, with footage shot by her sons, produced by her grandchildren, and apparently largely paid for with h...