3 films that talk about art in World War II

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The Second World War not only left havoc on a human or political level, art was also involved in this era

3 films that talk about art in World War II

Some filmmakers took inspiration from stories of art thefts in the Nazi era and took them to the big screen without losing sight of the original story. Here, there are three films that talk about art in the Nazi era.

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1. Woman in Gold, 2015

The cinematographic work directed by the British Simon Curtis is based on a real story. Maria Altmann, a Jewish woman, played by Helen Mirren, with the help of young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, played by actor Ryan Reynolds, will undertake a trip not only to his land, but also to his past, to claim those possessions that the Nazis confiscated from his family years ago.

Among the possessions, there is the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, the famous work of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. This moving story effectively shows what it has happened to art after the Second World War and the lives that are behind all those lost.

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2. Monuments Men, 2014

This is the film directed and produced by its protagonist, George Clooney. It tells the story of a group of experts who can find gallerists, curators, and artists sent to Europe by President Roosevelt to recover hundreds of thousands of works of art stolen by the Nazis.

Of the works confiscated by Hitler, some have been returned to their owners but it has been a long issue that continues to this day. As published by El Espectador, the director aimed to make the film aware of the importance of protecting the culture of each country and finding a way to recover those works.




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This is the cinematographic work in the most recent documentary format about the looting of art in the museums of occupied territories, collectors' houses and Jews. All this begins in 1937, as reported by the portal sensacine.com, when works by famous painters such as Picasso, Matisse, Botticelli and Monet, among others, being branded as "degenerate", are expropriated and hidden by the Nazi army, and these artists go on the blacklist.

According to the potal elindependiente.com, Nazis did not want the people to see the works if they hung them on their walls. Sadly, and as the portal also shows, today there are still several lawsuits open and in process of relatives of those who lost their lives in concentration camps and who are still struggling to recover what belongs to them.


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Translated from "3 películas que hablan del arte en la Segunda Guerra Mundial"

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