Saving art from the battle lines of war

Review B+

October 05, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

The Rape of Europa horrifies you with its depiction of the Nazis' assault on Western culture but also inspires you with its portrait of dedicated museum workers and archivists and a U.S. Army team known as "monuments men" who saved much of Europe's artistic legacy from destruction.

In this cogent documentary, writers-directors Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen and Nicole Newnham, working from Lynn H. Nicholas' groundbreaking 1994 book, take an illuminating and inclusive look at their still-incendiary subject.

The Rape of Europa (Menemsha Films) A documentary by Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen and Nicole Newnham. Unrated. Time 117 minutes.

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