Clooney's The Monuments Men feature trailer
The feature trailer for The Monuments Men has arrived and it's looking fantastic. The film tells the true story of a group of men who are pulled together and sent to the front line during World War II in order to try and help recover and save the important art that Hitler had stolen, was hoarding and had threatened to destroy.
To add to that interest George Clooney co-wrote with Grant Heslov and directed the film and he also leads. Beside him he has a great cast with Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban as well as recognisable names such as Sam Hazeldine and Lee Asquith-Coe.
The trailer looks like a lot of fun as well as becoming pretty serious too. As the trailer develops so does the depth of the story and what the men might be in for, but the lighter side is never too far away. Still, this being a George Clooney film with Grant Heslov I would expect that we're in for a good dose of reality, some terrifying facts we may have not been aware of, and some darker moments.
The book from Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter is actually titled The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), not so catchy or easy to get on the marketing material, and here's the blurb for it:
At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.
In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.
Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.