The Rape of Europa (2007)
"The Rape of Europa" is a documentary about Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring and the Nazi's large-scale theft of European art--and the Allies effort to preserve and return it. In a journey through seven countries, the chronicle takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For twelve long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But young art professionals, as well as ordinary heroes, from truck drivers to department store clerks, fought back with an extraordinary effort to safeguard, rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Rape of Europa
That Hitler was mad is well known. That he was mad about art, not so well.
The Rape of Europa, an engrossing film based on Lynn Nicholas' 1995 book of the same name, offers a fascinating new perspective on an era that sometimes seems as if it has no more secrets.
It's long for a documentary, almost two hours, but it has a big story to tell.
This is a vast subject, ideally suited to a series of films. It's at its most moving when focusing on the small stories of individual artworks taken from their owners and restored to the families decades later.
As thorough as the movie is, it could easily devote another hour to cases like this.
There is a heart-rending feeling to this documentary, in part due to its sense of irretrievable loss.
[C]ompels attention and sustains interest as an examination of Adolf Hitler's obsession with claiming Europe's art masterworks for the "master race."
Outstanding documentary on the theft and destruction of European masterpieces up to and during WWII.
A fascinating history lesson about a generally-overshadowed aspect of the Second World War.
A sometimes intriguing, sometimes maddening essay in the realm of informational overkill.
The Rape of Europa boasts a strong narration by Joan Allen as it explores a less familiar aspect of World War II and the legacy left by the Nazis.
The Rape of Europa is conventionally made, but it doesn't need cinematic sizzle because it's packed with so many fascinating factoids.
The directors might have benefited by going smaller %u2014 for instance, focusing on two or three pieces of lost artwork and tracing their history. This art documentary simply isn't artful enough.
It's a compelling journey into a soul-chilling past that might not be fully sorted out for generations to come.
Its lack of both style and focus keeps it from being a success as a feature film.
The Rape of Europa presents iconic images that viewers who aren't schooled in European art will recognize. That's a good way to connect with the film and understand the enormity of the pillage by Hitler and his cronies.
The movie's three directors sap the drama out of the story with slow pacing, a dispassionate accumulation of facts and a too-dry narration by Joan Allen.
Narrated by Joan Allen, the film is a remarkably comprehensive look at the cultural destruction that accompanied the slaughter.
Audience Reviews for The Rape of Europa
Very informative documentary about the theft of art by Nazis and the real Monuments Men. (And it will fill in some of the information gaps in Clooney's Monuments Men film.) Highly recommended.More
stunning. the story of how the nazis smashed and looted the art treasures of europe and the struggle to find and restore them.More
"The Rape of Europa" is a chillingly effective documentary that details the Nazi looting of art treasures across Europe during World War II. The film does a very good job with the help of rare footage in showing the Holocaust from another angle as the Nazis tried to rewrite history by erasing whole peoples and cultures before trying to make over Europe in their own image with their brand of evil ideology. However, playing up the whole failed artist angle is a misguided choice since Hitler was such a malignant person, he would see menace behind every decision, right or wrong. Anyway, the Nazis were less interested in art, than in anything of value which was not nailed down. By contrast, there were the unsung heroes who hid the masterpieces and the Monument Men who helped the Allies preserve as much of old Europe as possible while liberating countries. While all of this is fascinating, what the documentary could have used is more focus on the present day recovery efforts. Most art works were recovered but a lot are still missing, presumed lost forever. And even with the found art, there are complex questions concerning true ownership.More
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