Friday, February 28, 2014

The Monuments Men Movie Preview

During World War II, an unlikely team of soldiers was charged with identifying and protecting European cultural sites, monuments and buildings from Allied bombing. Officially named the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section, this U.S. Army unit included art curators, scholars, architects, librarians and archivists from the United States and Great Britain. The unit quickly became known as the Monuments Men. Towards the end of the war, their mission changed to one of locating works of art that had been looted by the Nazis. The Monuments Men recovered some of history’s greatest works of art hidden across Germany and Austria—some in castles, others in salt mines.

"The story is fascinating, but this film's good intentions are 

hampered by its lack of pace, direction, tone and 

properly fleshed-out characters."

I went for the preview of Monuments Men, and though the movie was boring, slow going and got to be quite a  drag despite having big names like George Clooney, Cate Blanchaett, and Matt Damon.

However, I did learn about the Arts, and some background info on the war.....

And well, since it is based on a true story, I must commend the accuracy of war history of the film.

About the Movie
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history,The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators and art historians who went to the front lines of World War II to rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. With the art hidden behind enemy lines, how could they hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend humankind’s greatest achievements
Monument Men rescuing stolen pieces of priceless Art.

"It was brazen and outrageous: the Nazi push to destroy and loot art all over Europe.
That looting spree -- tons of works taken from both personal and public collections -- was perhaps the great pillage in history."

Pictured below: Germans holding a painting stolen by the Nazis.

Germans soldiers are pictured holding Botticelli's masterpiece, "Camilla and the Centaur," taken by the Nazis from the Uffizi in Florence.

Rescuing Michelangelo's Madonna and Child

The Madonna and Child is now on my bucket list of "to See"


Madonna of Bruges

The Madonna of Bruges is a marble sculpture by Michelangelo of Mary with the infant Jesus. Michelangelo's depiction of the Madonna and Child 

  • Created1501–1504
  • PeriodsItalian Renaissance, Renaissance
  • SubjectMary, Madonna and Child, Jesus Christ

  •  a Rembrandt is also on my bucket list now

  • Screening Details
     18 February 2014 (Tuesday)
    GSC Paradigm

    Redemption time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
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    The Monuments Men

    Win exclusive "The Monuments Men" Preview Passes! 

    Based on the book "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves And The Greatest Treasure Hunt In History" by Robert M. Edsel, the film will concern the story of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, an Allied group, tasked with saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II. George Clooney directs and stars with Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

    Directed by George Clooney, "The Monuments Men" stars George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin & many more.

    "The Monuments Men" opens in cinemas 20 February 2014!

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