Clooney is a MONUMENTS Man

George Clooney has starred in many movies based on books (The Descendants, The American, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Up in the Air and even The Fantastic Mr. Fox). He hits the books again with his next project, a big budget film based on The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. According to the movie news site, The Wrap. Clooney is writing the script with producing partner Grant Heslov. The pair also collaborated on Good Night, and Good Luck, and The Ides of March. Clooney plans to direct and star in the movie.

The book is by Robert M. Edsel who, after selling his oil and gas exploration company, began researching the international efforts to rescue art from the hands of the Nazis (the group who did this were called “The Monuments Men,” although at least one woman was part of the group), and created a foundation for art preservation.

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Robert M. Edsel
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 513 pages
Publisher: Center Street – (2009-09-03)
ISBN 9781599951492

Edsel co-produced a documentary on the subject, The Rape of Europa, based on the book by Lynn Nicholas. The film is included in The Greatest Theft in History, an educational program for schools and libraries.

The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Lynn H. Nicholas
Retail Price: $17.00
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (1995-04-25)
ISBN / EAN: 0679756868 / 9780679756866

Edsel published an earlier book, Rescuing Da Vinci, which was published in 2006.

Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe’s Great Art – America and Her Allies Recovered It
Robert M. Edsel
Retail Price: $39.95
Hardcover: 302 pages
Publisher: Laurel Publishing, LLC – (2006-12-15)
ISBN / EAN: 0977434907 / 9780977434909

Another book on the subject is Ilaria Dagnini Brey’s The Venus Fixers.

The Venus Fixers: The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy’s Art During World War II
Ilaria Dagnini Brey
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Macmillan/FSG – (2009-08-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0374283095 / 9780374283094

One Response to “Clooney is a MONUMENTS Man”

  1. Dessa Knight Says:

    This reminds me of the excellent movie “The Train” with Burt Lancaster.