Sunday, 9 December 2012

The Georges and Conservation: George Clooney plays conservator George Stout

George Clooney has lined up the cast for his next film, Monuments Men: Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett, among others. The story cent
ers on a group of art experts selected by the U.S. Government to chase down the stolen art of Europe during World War II.
The plot is based on Robert M. Edsel‘s non-fiction novel 'The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History'.
"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 Monuments 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."

For those who don't know, George Stout was a conservator at the Fogg Art Museum. See more about him here:

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