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Altina

Peter Sanders; Sanders, Peter; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
Altina is the provocative portrait of an American trendsetter whose free spirit defied convention. A woman ahead of her time, Altina Schinasi was born in 1907 in New York City; the daughter of a tobacco tycoon and decedent of Sephardic Jews, she upended the expectations that accompanied her position. Altina was a paradox: simultaneously seductive and reserved, her genteel upbringing was in sharp contrast to the bold sexuality of her art and her life. In addition to creating whimsical works of art and sculpture, Altina invented the glamorous Harlequin 'cat's-eye' eyeglasses, worn by the likes of Lucille Ball and Peggy Guggenheim, and as well directed an Oscar-nominated documentary about Nazi brutality told through the drawings of German expressionist artist George Grosz. Altina's life was anchored in the social and political issues of the time: helping Jewish refugees escape the Holocaust; providing aid and shelter to friends who were targeted by Joseph McCarthy's Un-American Activities campaign; and being involved early on in the struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. Directed by her grandson Peter Sanders, the film captures this unpredictable woman whose bold, uninhibited passion for life is an inspiration for all.
Director
Peter Sanders
Release Date
2014
Language
English
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by First Run Features in 2014.
Publisher no.
1137515 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, 81 min.)
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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