The Monuments Men


It’s really kind of an amazing story: a squad of American, British, and French art experts assemble during World War II with the purpose of protecting and recapturing historic and important buildings and works of art undamaged. Hitler ordered the collection of millions of works of art from lands overrun by German troops — a large portion stolen after their Jewish owners were sent to concentration camps — with the goal of building an enormous museum to his own ego. He further ordered it all to be destroyed along with more mundane records if he should die or Germany should fall, turning the preservationists’ efforts into a race against time.

So, take that great story, throw in an all-star cast, and it’s hard to imagine how The Monuments Men could have been a bigger disappointment. Written, directed, and produced by George Clooney and his frequent collaborator Grant Heslov, the film…

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