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Movie Review: The Rape of Europa September 17, 2007

Posted by judylobo in Movie Reviews.
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klimt2.jpgMovie Review: The Rape of Europa

Alternate Title: Portrait of the Nazis as Murderous Plunderers

Story: We are all familiar with the horrors of the Nazis as depicted in many a fine film. This fascinating documentary covers a less known area that should be of interest to every lover of art and culture. The film opens and closes with the portrait seen on the left of Adele Bloch-Bauer painted by Gustav Klimt and the long battle to return the painting to its rightful owner.

The Nazis methodical thieving and plundering of not only art from Jewish households, but art from major museums throughout Europe is thoroughly documented in this exhaustive film. Hitler’s attempt to purge and purify Europe stretched from annihilation of human beings to the destruction of what he referred to as degenerate art, including most Impressionist, Cubist and Modernist works.

New file footage is seen as to how major museums such as the Louvre and the Hermitage hid their vast collections form the Nazis and would be a good film unto itself. We also are introduced to the Monuments Men, a group of dedicated US soldiers, who after the War, endured the arduous task of finding these stolen treasures and making attempts to return them to their rightful owners.

The film was written, produced, and directed by Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, and Nicole Newnham and based on Lynn H. Nicholas‘ book. Her book won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The film’s web site gives you much more information and photos.

Read the whole review on this 7 Lobo Howls film including these categories: Acting,  Predilection, Critters, Food, Sex Spectrum, Visual Art, Theater Audience, Sappy Factor, Quirky Meter, Squirm Scale, Drift Factor, Predictability Level, Tissue Usage, Oscar Worthy, Big Screen or Rental and Length.

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