George Clooney’s latest project sounds like something I’d line up to watch. Great WWII movies have the power to fight their way to nominations at the Academy Awards, and given the true story upon which this film is based and the cast Clooney has gathered, I think you can expect a winner.
Clooney has written and is directing this feature, based on Robert M. Edsel’s book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes. Upon reading the synopsis of the book (which is a historical account, not a fiction), I can’t help but get excited about certain elements: the “race against time” factor, the infiltration of the Nazi regime, and the fight to preserve art and cultural pieces, which will act as the film’s MacGuffin. It reminds me of WWII classics such as The Guns of Navarone and The Dirty Dozen.
Clooney’s co-stars include Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban and Hugh Bonneville. It’s scheduled for a December 18th, 2013 release. This will be Clooney’s third directorial project based on historical non-fiction, alongside Confessions of a Dangerous Mind & Good Night and Good Luck.
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Writer/director George Clooney adapts author Robert M. Edsel’s book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History to tell the incredible true story of the seven art historians and museum curators who went behind enemy lines during World War II on a mission to recover some of the world’s greatest works of art. As the Third Reich begins to topple, the German army receives explicit orders to destroy every work of art in their possession. Determined to prevent 1000 years of culture from going up in flames, American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt assembles an unlikely task force comprised entirely of art experts to enter Germany, recover the works of art, and ensure they are returned to their rightful owners. With little knowledge of modern weapons or warfare tactics, the ragtag squadron successfully makes their way into enemy territory before realizing they’ve got their work cut out for them.
Source: Live for Films