The Theft of the Mona Lisa

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The Theft of the Mona Lisa
Vicenzo Peruggia (Willi Forst) stealing the Mona Lisa
Directed byGéza von Bolváry
Written byWalter Reisch
Produced byJulius Haimann
CinematographyWilly Goldberger
Edited byHermann Haller
Music byRobert Stolz
Distributed bySuper-Film
Release date
  • 25 August 1931 (1931-08-25)
Running time
89 minutes

The Theft of the Mona Lisa (German: Der Raub der Mona Lisa) is a 1931 German drama film directed by Géza von Bolváry and starring Trude von Molo, Willi Forst, and Gustaf Gründgens.[1] It is based on a true story. It was shot at the Tempelhof Studios in Berlin.[2] The film's sets were designed by the art directors Andrej Andrejew and Robert A. Dietrich.


In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia is a poverty-stricken Italian glazier who falls in love with Mathilde, a French hotel maid. Struck by the girl's resemblance to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Vicenzo steals the painting from the Louvre in hopes of impressing her. When she proves to be fickle, the crestfallen hero confesses and is arrested. Unwilling to admit that he had been led astray by a woman, Vicenzo claims that he stole the painting in order to restore it to his native Italy and is hailed as a national hero.


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  1. ^ Hull, p. 251.
  2. ^ Klaus p.238


  • Hull, David Stewart (1969). Film in the Third Reich: A Study of the German Cinema, 1933–1945. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-01489-3.
  • Klaus, Ulrich J. Deutsche Tonfilme: Jahrgang 1931. Klaus-Archiv, 2006.

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