WWII ‘mission’ movie has a modern-day message
The Monuments Men
Blu-ray $40.99, DVD $30.99 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Co-writer, director and star George Clooney’s tribute to the real-life men and women who put their lives on the line to recover and return the cultural treasures stolen by Nazis during World War II is a rollicking, Hollywood actor-packed mash-up of old-fashioned combat “mission” movie crossed with a modern-day message about the casualties of war that extend far beyond the battlefield. Based on a book of the same name by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter, it comes with behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film, the real Monuments Men, and the cast, which also includes Bill Murray, Matt Damon, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett.
—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine
Go see The Rape of Europa, a documentary about the fate of art in WWII. It’s so dramatic, moving, and hopeful.