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I loved this film. My boyfriend didn't quite understand when I told him I was close to tears several times through it.

Posted by Gloria | January 30, 2008 1:22 PM

Quaint indeed. Precious little press went to the sacking of the National Museum of Iraw in Baghdad just after our invasion. Many many priceless artifacts were stolen, or destroyed to be sold as scrap.

Posted by Alphonse | January 30, 2008 1:35 PM

Hitler was an artist, not a good one, but it's an additional explanation for why he was so concerned with seizing important works.

I also like the story of Chiang Kai Shek fleeing mainland China with huge quantities of Chinese art in tow -- just barely managing to keep it out of Maoist hands.

Posted by keshmeshi | January 30, 2008 1:49 PM

John Frankenheimer's 'The Train' with Burt Lancaster is a more action-packed version of this story, which you may also dig

Posted by Brakhage | January 30, 2008 2:00 PM

Saw this film sometime last year at Northwest film forum when the directors brought it for a screening. Pretty damned good film.

Posted by apttitle | January 30, 2008 2:42 PM

Art still matters to invaders-- apparently now, as something to destroy.

Posted by Jessica | January 30, 2008 2:47 PM

I don't know if this is in the film or not, but it's also worth noting that at the end of the war the U.S. military trained & sent several people into former Nazi territory for the express purpose of recovering art. Hard to imagine them doing that now when they won't even provide soldiers with sufficient armor.

Posted by korper | January 30, 2008 3:30 PM

Jen, I love you. Your posts are always, always interesting and wonderful.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | January 30, 2008 4:49 PM

Here is an article about it in Smithsonian Magazine.

Posted by Timothy Wind | January 30, 2008 6:44 PM

I read Nicholas's book years ago when it came out -- wonderful to know about the film! Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 30, 2008 9:44 PM

@8 - Yikes!

Posted by what's boomer smokin' - and is he sharin'? | January 30, 2008 9:45 PM

A few years ago I was in Weimar, which was listed as a European Cultural Capital for that particular year. There was an exhibit of Third Reich art and Communist art that was very interesting to say the least. The Third Reich artwork was art that Hitler and other top-ranking Nazis had either commissioned or had given to them as gifts. They were prosaic, at best because Hitler had only certain themes that pleased him; primarily Germanic legends and art that portrayed him as a knight, shepherd, or contemplating nature. The only piece I found myself attracted to was a painting of a woman asleep on a beach with her sleeping cat curled up next to her. Now, the Communist art was interesting, too, but I won't go into that.

Posted by Johnny | January 31, 2008 7:11 AM

I'm half way through the book that this is based on, didn't know a documentary had been created, looking forward to seeing it as well!

Posted by harold hollingsworth | January 31, 2008 5:05 PM

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