Price: $310.00

    Code: 2388

    Directed by Alexandra Isles
    2010, 55 Minutes
    Purchase: $310
    Classroom Rental: $125

    A beautiful and illuminating investigation into the ineffable relationship we have with art, Hidden Treasures introduces us to people who spend their days and nights surrounded by great works of art and have developed powerful life-changing connections to these singular objects.

    Every major decision Randy Williams has made throughout his entire adult life has been in front of Rembrandt's Self-Portrait. As a child in the 1950s, Hermes Knaur became captivated with a jewel-encrusted sword from the Ottoman Empire. What he didn't realize then was that his fascination with this unique piece would lead to a career in working with rare metal items and eventually to discovering a secret compartment in that very same sword. Nitza Danieli Horner, a museum educator, describes how she once gave a tour, which deeply touched her, of the Egyptian wing to a woman, terminally-ill, who wanted to learn about the ancient Egyptians perception of the afterlife.

    Filmed inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, featuring interviews and discussions with many of the museum's staff - curators, security guards, restorers and educators - Hidden Treasures is a wonderful documentary that recounts stories such as these about the magic inherent in great works of painting, sculpture or craft.

    Director Alexandra Isles other films include The Healing Gardens of New York, Porraimos: Europe's Gypsies in the Holocaust and Scandalize My Name.

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    "The well-paced film runs nearly one hour, but could easily continue for longer as it becomes evident that the museum workers love to show off their favorites. Give this to art aficionados, New York-bound travelers, and students, all of whom will find something to hook their imagination." - Booklist

    "The program is not a collection of lessons in art, but a truly unique approach to art appreciation. Hidden Treasures: Stories from a Great Museum is appropriate for a wide range of viewers both for personal and educational support. The program could provide a discussion trigger for classes in art and education, and also provide the opportunity for individual viewers to rethink their own appreciation of creative works. Recommended." - Educational Media Reviews Online