Altina ★★★

Writer/director Peter Sanders made this documentary about his grandmother Altina: artist, socialite, cultural icon of sorts. Actually, I had never heard of Altina before this...my loss. She was an interesting character whose life and times spanning much of the 20th century were well worth making a movie about. Sanders utilizes many interviews with survivors, some well preserved period home movies, and professionally shot interviews he had made of his grandmother before her passing. But what sets this film apart are the revelations about Altina's artistic achievements...from her invention of the Harlequin glasses to her figurative sculptures as furniture. Interestingly enough, Altina's two sons, Denis and Terry Sanders, were Oscar winning documentarians; however this film makes scant mention of that fact.