Heroes that saved European art treasures during World War II remembered in 'The Monuments Men'
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
2/7/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The new epic, "The Monuments Men" opening in movie theaters nationwide, tells a little known story about the Allies in World War II. The film tells the story of a group of allied art experts tasked with recovering and rescuing paintings, sculptures and millions of other works stolen by the Nazis. While not soldiers, these fearless men - played by actors George Clooney and Matt Damon, head straight for the front lines in their quest to preserve centuries' worth of beauty and to restore them to its rightful owners.
Actor George Clooney also stepped behind the camera to direct "The Monuments Men," a World War II thriller that opens in theaters nationwide today.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - released by Columbia Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures, "The Monuments Men" mirrors the life Christians are called to live. Followers of God are likewise faced with a ruthless enemy whose goal is to steal, kill and destroy. Like the U.S, government commissions them to do, God asks Christians to enter the battle living for a greater and nobler purpose than self-preservation, being willing to make even the ultimate sacrifice in serving others.
The film is directed by Clooney and also stars Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville. The screenplay is by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, based on the book by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter.
"The Monuments Men" poses a very intriguing question on the value of art and culture and its importance to humanity.
"Clooney looks to the grammar of World War II thrillers, caper comedies and standard sentimental uplift to tell [his] story," the Washington Post review says. "Rather than a ragtag team of misfits and rejects, these were gentlemen and scholars tasked with preventing Adolf Hitler from amassing the masterpieces of Western art for his planned Fuhrer Museum; as the war came to a close, their mission shifted to saving those works from destruction - or confiscation by the Soviet army, which intended to abscond with them as early reparations."
"Ever the shrewd captain, Clooney has assembled his own cast of men who are monuments: John Goodman, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and 'The Artist's' Jean Dujardin play the team members, with an assist from Cate Blanchett as a woman working in Paris's Jeu De Paume museum. The group's most poignant figure, a Jewish soldier from New Jersey who harbors a special connection to a particular Rembrandt painting, is played by the least well-known cast member, Dimitri Leonidis."
"The Monuments Men" is rated PG-13 for scenes of smoking and wartime violence.
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