The Captain and I went to see the movie “The Monuments Men” which is based on a true story.
Some of my Blogger Buddies have already seen the movie and gave positive reviews. I have to agree with Sandy! The Captain and I really liked the movie, too.
I don’t believe I was aware of a special task force being sent in towards the end of the war to rescue works of art….If I knew about this venture, for some reason I blocked it from my memory. Of course I wasn’t born yet but I would have thought that I would have heard or read about this venture. I must have missed the day at school when the Monuments men were discussed. It was such an important part of history, that I feel bad that I don’t remember any of it. But then…I sometimes can’t remember what happened yesterday or what I had for lunch….:)
Below is an excerpt from the movie trailer.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.
The art and statues were returned to the rightful owners after the task force found some of the secret hiding places. It was unbelievable when Hitler gave the order to destroy all the artifacts should he be captured or killed.
The movie stars George Clooney and Matt Damon and Bill Murray and a host of others!
I have not read the book yet…but Pat said the movie followed the book with a few liberties being taken by Hollywood….
Have you seen this movie? If so, please give me your thoughts and opinions.
I am giving this movie two thumbs up…one from Me and one from My Captain!;)
Thanks Donna….wasn’t Fatherland based on Nazi Germany winning the war? I have not read the book, but I did see the movie. I believe it was on HBO ten years or more ago…great storyline.
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I’m waiting for Netflix for this movie; but I am also waiting for the documentary: The Rape of Europa, on the same subject. I just finished reading Fatherland by Robert Harris and I highly recommend it.
Okay, Kari, I know you read my blog about The Monuments Men, where I told everyone these men were sent by President Roosevelt to save historical buildings (this is a historical fact), but they did manage to save art pieces. However, they weren’t sent to Europe for the purpose of saving the art.
I loved the movie because it brought a part of history to the public’s eye that no one seemed to know about.
Yes, I did read your Blog Sandy which made me really want to see this movie. I am getting ready to read the book and hopefully the unvarnished Hollywood version..:)
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