There's no exact tally of the art and culture snatched by the Nazis, and the commonly accepted number of 6 million bits and pieces excluding art and architecture that the Germans intentionally demolished. At the conclusion of the war and subsequently the Nazi admission of defeat, approximately 5 million items were reverted to their countries and owners, mostly due to the monuments program. “Who cares about art?” Lt. Frank Stokes says instinctively as he attempts to persuade Franklin Roosevelt to allow him to take a group of soldiers into war-torn Europe to protect and recover priceless works of art, including the van Eyck brothers’ Ghent Altarpiece and Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child, from the escaping Nazis. Hitler took little concern for human lives but fairly a lot for art; he planned to take the whole of Europe’s artistic legacy and keep it in a unbelievably enormous Führer Museum. As Hitler’s Reich was approaching an end in the spring of 1945, he wrote the Nero Degree, commanded his officers to eradicate everything. Albert Speer, Hitler's Minister of Armaments and War Production, overlooked the order. Roosevelt then decided to let Stokes create a bantam set of specialists containing an architect, museum curator, and four other unlikely middle aged me, none of which should be in the combat zone, in an effort to curtail the current. The Monuments Men is perhaps one of the most innocuous movies ever about World War 2. If not for the perpetual tobacco smoking, it may have earned a PG rating. It’s so strikingly unobtrusive. There are no lengthy combat scenes, diminutive swearing, and no nudity. However this is rightfully so, as the movie was more so about the art than the war itself. It is a film about the significance of art and culture expressed in a humorous and refined manner. The dialogue is cunning but not showy, the pace is gripping but not tense, and each character, even the malevolent ones have an impact. The plot trails the customary collection of...
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Monuments Men. Dir. George Clooney. Perf. George Clooney Matt Damon Bill Murray Cate Blanchett John Goodman Jean Dujardin Hugh Bonneville. Columbia Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Smokehouse Pictures, 2014. DVD.
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